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Bauchi NUJ suspends ban on police coverage

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The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has suspended the ban it positioned on the protection of police actions within the state by its members.

The Union had positioned the ban following an assault on a reporter with the African Unbiased Tv (AIT), Bauchi, Damina Yusuf, by operatives of the Fast Response Squad (RRS) within the state throughout a current protest by college students of Bauchi State School of Agriculture, Bauchi.

The assault led to Yusuf’s admission to a hospital, whereas his digital camera and private belongings had been misplaced whereas he was being assaulted by policemen in the middle of finishing up his obligation.

Nevertheless, a press launch signed by the NUJ council secretary, Isah Garba Gadau and made out there to DAILY POST, mentioned the union reviewed the sooner directive issued to its members to provide complete blackout to all police actions on account of the sequence of assaults on journalists by some overzealous cops whereas on official duties.

The choice to droop its earlier stance, Gadau mentioned, was taken throughout the State Working Committee (SWC) assembly held on Saturday and chaired by Umar Sa’idu.

“Members of the State Working Committee unanimously resolved that because the state police command has proven regret, redeemed their pledges of settling the medical payments of the assaulted journalist and changing his lacking instruments, along with sanctioning the perpetrators, media homes are suggested to renew publicising police actions within the state, because the union will proceed to observe the connection between the union and police,” Gadau said.

NUJ recommended the state Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi, for exhibiting concern for the plight of the assaulted journalist and his promise to work harmoniously with media practitioners in the most effective curiosity of the individuals of the state.

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