Thugs Invade NUJ , Attack Journalists ,Lawmakers ,Party Chieftains
El-Rufai Condemns attack , says Govt’ll not tolerate mob action on anyone
Suspected thugs invaded the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ,NUJ and attacked journalists who were covering a press conference organised by some All Progressives Congress APC lawmakers and party chieftains.
The lawmakers and party chieftains were at NUJ for the press conference to express their dismay over the recently concluded state delegates election conducted last Saturday in Kaduna.
However, the thugs armed with knives and other weapons stormed the venue of the press conference held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) press centre, Kaduna and disrupted it.
At the briefing were Senator Othman Suleman Hunkuyi ,who led the lawmakers and party chieftains,Senator Shehu Sani ,some House of reps members and party chieftains .
As at the time of filing this report, it was unclear how many property were damaged, but it was confirmed that the main entrance to the NUJ office glass was shattered by the thugs, who forced the gates opened and entered the press conference venue to disperse journalists and all the lawmakers .
However, in a swift reaction to the unfortunate incidence , Kaduna State Governor,Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai condemned the attack he described as “mob action by hoodlums ” and vowed nobody will be allowed to stifle freedom of expression.
In a message to the Kaduna State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, the government condemned the mob action by hoodlums at the premises of the NUJ on Sunday.
“Having been briefed on the situation, the governor expressed sympathy with The NUJ and the persons that were harassed by the hoodlums.
” The Governor directed that the security agencies should investigate and take necessary action against the hoodlums.”El-Rufai said .
The Governor also directed security agencies to beef up security at the NUJ secretariat to protect journalists doing their duty.
A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to the Governor said that “the media must not be hindered from carrying out their constitutional and professional obligations. The government of Kaduna State upholds the principles of free speech and respects the freedom of expression.
“Politics should not be a desperate game. And desperation should not be visited on journalists or any citizen.”
Aruwan added that the government of Kaduna State will not tolerate any attempt to muzzle the press and innocent citizens from exercising their constitutional rights.
Earlier, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers lamented that they were sidelined from the party’s delegates election held in the state on Saturday.
He remarked that as stakeholders they ought to be contacted and enabling environment provided for them to participate, ‘but it was not so .
‘The list of the delegates were not known to us. The list was fake. So we wrote two petitions to the National secretariat and zonal to buttress our grievances.
‘We hope the National body would look into our complaints and fixed another date.
But in a swift reaction, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Kaduna state chapter had said the party’s delegates election was free ,credible and fair.
Addressing the press on Sunday at the party’s secretariat, the state publicity secretary, Alh Salisu Tanko Wusono said
the delegate election was attended with all the party’s officials from ward level to state level in attendance.
Wusono remarked that five officials from the National secretariat of the APC came to supervise the state congress election,saying,’ we acted within the party’s guide lines as no party member(s) was sidelined.