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Bauchi NUJ Suspends Ban On Police Coverage

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Bauchi NUJ Suspends Ban On Police Coverage

Segun Awofadeji
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bauchi State Council has suspended the ban placed on the coverage of police activities in the state by its members.
The union reviewed the earlier directive issued to its members to give total blackout to all police activities as a result of the series of attacks on journalists by some overzealous police officers while on official duties with the recent assault on the reporter of the African Independent Television (AIT) by members of the Rapid Response Squad in the state.
According to a press release signed by Comrade Isah Garba Gadau, Bauchi state NUJ secretary and made available to newsmen weekend, ” The Bauchi State council of the NUJ decided to suspend the ban during its State Working Committee meeting on Saturday chaired by the state chairman Umar Sa’idu”.
“Members of the State Working Committee unanimously resolved that since the state police command has shown remorse,  redeemed their pledges of settling the medical bills of the assaulted journalist and replacing his missing tools, in addition to sanctioning the perpetrators. Therefore, media houses are advised to resume publicizing police activities in the state, as the union will continue to monitor the relationship between the union and police”.
NUJ commended the state commissioner of police Sylvester Abiodun Alabi for showing concern for the plight of the assaulted journalist and his promise to work harmoniously with the media practitioners in the best interest of the people of the state.

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