The Zamfara Police Command in the early hours of July 23, 2022 arrested Malam Umaru Maradun, the correspondent of the Leadership newspapers, in his home town, Maradun, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State. He was taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Gusau, the state capital, where he was detained. No reason was given for his arrest
Mr. Ibrahim Maizare, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zamfara State Council, led officials of the NUJ and that of Correspondents’ Chapel to the Command Headquarters to secure his release but the police initially declined to grant him bail.
The Police however later released Maradun at about 10 p.m. local time on bail. The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ayuba Elkanah, ordered his release to the leadership of the NUJ on bail.