NUJ bars coverage of police activities in Gombe State
The Gombe State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has banned its members from covering police activities in the state.
The NUJ Chairman Alhassan Yahaya, who disclosed this yesterday said the ban, was due to police harassment of three journalists of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
Yahaya said one DSP Williams Kashere, who is the District Police Officer (DPO) at the Motor Traffic Department (MTD) in Gombe, harassed the journalists.
The incident was said to have occurred when they tried to take the visuals of traffic movement at that time.
He expressed dissatisfaction in the way journalists were harassed by the security agencies while performing their duties.
While urging the state commissioner of police to look into the matter, he said the ban would continue until further notice.
One of the victims, Shafa’atu Abdulmumini, explained that they were teargased by the police, while their cameraman, Lukeman Abubakar was beaten for refusing to surrender his camera to them.
The NUJ chairman urged the police to pay for the phones that were lost by the journalists, as well as the camera that was broken.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmed Usman, said it was investigating the matter.