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NUJ stops APC youth coverage over attack on secretariat

By Rukayat Akanbi

NIGERIA Union of Journalists, Bauchi State Council has banned the coverage of all activities of youth wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State over an attack meted on its Secretariat on Thursday during an ongoing press briefing.

In a statement signed by the Secretary of the Bauchi NUJ, Isah Garba Gadau said that the Council “has banned the media coverage of all activities of the Youth wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State.

“This followed the disruption of a press conference organized by the APC Consultative Forum this Thursday 16 July, 2020 at the NUJ Secretariat by some youth believed to be from APC which resulted to injuring some members of the union as well as destruction of some working tools.

It would be recalled that hoodlums had on Thursday morning attacked the Secretariat of the NUJ while insisting that an ongoing press conference must not be held which resulted in injuring two journalist.

The Thugs trooped into the Press Centre at about 10:40am while some ‘Concerned members of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’ were addressing journalists. The leader of the group was introducing his colleagues when the thugs bashed in and distrupted the coverage.

They were seen dragging cameras from journalists while others were hurling chairs at the attendees. Two of the journalists in attendant were injured. It took the efforts of the Police to calm the situation while the leadership of the Union has promised to issue a statement about the safety of the members.

Garba earlier said that the council therefore called on the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the unfortunate act for proper prosecution and commended Police for their prompt action. The council called on its members to go about their normal duties as necessary steps are taken to protect their security, integrity and that of the union.

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