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NUJ condemns police brutality on AIT/RAYPOWER reporter, directs members to boycott coverage of police activities

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bauchi State council, has condemned the brutality unleashed yesterday on one of its members, Damina Yusuf of the AIT, describing it as uncivilized and barbaric

In a press release issued yesterday by the council and signed by Comrade Umar Sa’idu, Chairman, and Isah Garba Gadau, Secretary respectively, the NUJ directed its members to suspend with immediate effect coverage of all activities of the police.

“The NUJ has noted with dismay, the uncivilized manner of the Nigeria Police in adopting brutality as part of its tradition, especially against the Journalists,” the statement read in part.

“The union condemns in strong terms the molestation of one of its members, Damina Yusuf of the AIT, by the Rapid Response Squad of the State Police, who, on 30th July, 2021 (yesterday), injured one of its members, who was later admitted at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi  while he was covering students’ protest at the Bauchi College of Agriculture, Yelwa”

According to the release, “based on this barbaric act of the police, the union has directed its members to suspend with immediate effect, coverage of all activities of the police in the state until the perpetrators of the act are fished out and prosecuted in addition to the proper payment of compensation and settlement of medical bills of the victim”

“The NUJ notes with dissatisfaction the way and manner in which members of the Nigeria Police from Bauchi command that always claims to be partners of the Journalists in progress, brutalised, molested and harassed the AIT reporter and seized his camera, laptop computer, microphone with AIT logo, mobile phones, modem and wallet containing substantial amount of money among other belongings.

“The union commends the management of the College of Agriculture Bauchi for its humanitarian gesture by taking the AIT reporter to hospital for medical attention.”

The NUJ called on the Bauchi state government to consider the establishment of a standing panel of inquiry to hear cases of security brutality against citizens in the state.

AbeyaNews reports that this would be the fifth time in the last one year that Journalists, while carrying out their legitimate duties in the state, had been brutalised by policemen.”

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