The police in the federal capital territory (FCT) have arrested Ahmad Isah, a human rights activist and broadcast journalist, for slapping a woman who allegedly assaulted a child.

Isah, popularly called ”ordinary president”, hosts a long-running radio and television programme known as ”Brekete Family”.

He came under public scrutiny after he was seen in a BBC Africa Eye documentary slapping a lady who was accused of setting her brother’s daughter on fire over an allegation that she is a witch.

The video sparked public debate on and off social media. While many condemned the act, others expressed their solidarity with him.

Isah has since apologised for his action.

Speaking with LEADERSHIP on Monday, the Brekete Family host said he was arrested by the police over the incident.

“I have been at the police station since morning,” he told the newspaper.

 “I have been arrested by the police over the same matter.”

Confirming his arrest by the police in a Twitter post, the organisation said: “Ordinary President, Founder and CEO of Brekete Radio and TV program honoured an invitation to the FCT Police Command this morning.

“We want the public to know that we are yet to see or reach him.”


However, he was later released. No details were given on what transpired while he was with the police.