Journalists beaten, property Destroyed As Thugs Invade Kaduna NUJ Secretariat

By Ben Agande

Armed thugs, yesterday, attacked journalists and others at the Kaduna State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, secretariat, disrupting a press conference being addressed by Senators Shehu Sani and Othman Hunkuyi on the outcome of the recently held congress of All Progressives Congress, APC.

The thugs, who were allegedly led by a Divisional Police Officer, destroyed the video camera of Liberty Television crew, injured the cameraman, Lawal Muhammed, damaged several cameras and injured two other reporters.

The thugs also broke doors, windows and damaged chairs and tables at the secretariat.

The Senators were, however, whisked away as journalists rallied round to defend themselves from the attack. Trouble started when members of the Akida group of APC in the state stormed the NUJ secretariat to protest the result of the recently held delegates’ election for the forthcoming non-elective convention of the party.

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Senator Hunkuyi, who spoke on behalf of the APC leaders, said all the guidelines for the delegates’ election were breached. He said the group had written to the national secretariat of APC, asking it to set aside the purported delegates election and announce new date for the exercise.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Abah Agyole, who visited the NUJ secretariat later, pledged that Police will apprehend the perpetrators. According to him, the DPO had briefed him on the incident, claiming that the thugs had identified themselves as journalists before they were allowed into the premises. Agyole said investigation will commence immediately and those found wanting would be prosecuted.


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