El-Rufai condemns attack on senators and journalists at NUJ premises
- El-Rufai ordered investigations into the attacks by hoodlums on NUJ premises
- The governor also sent a message to NUJ condemning the attacks
- El-Rufai says the state government would not allow anybody to gag the press in Kaduna
Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the Sunday, July 30 attack on the premises of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to Governor El-Rufai on media and publicity quoted him as saying that nobody will be allowed to stifle freedom of expression.
In a message to the Kaduna State Council of the NUJ, the government condemned the mob action by hoodlums at the premises of the NUJ on Sunday.
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The statement said El-Rufai had been briefed on the situation and the governor expressed sympathy with the NUJ and the persons that were harassed by the hoodlums.
The governor directed that the security agencies should investigate and take necessary action against the hoodlums.
The Governor also directed security agencies to beef up security at the NUJ secretariat to protect journalists doing their duty.
A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity) said that “the media must not be hindered from carrying out their constitutional and professional obligations. The government of Kaduna State upholds the principles of free speech and respects the freedom of expression.
“Politics should not be a desperate game. And desperation should not be visited on journalists or any citizen.”
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Aruwan added that the government of Kaduna State will not tolerate any attempt to muzzle the press and innocent citizens from exercising their constitutional rights.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that two Nigerian senators, Shehu Sani and Suleiman Hunkuyi, were reportedly attacked by thugs during a press briefing in Kaduna.
Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, had confirmed the development.
He also alleged the attackers were sponsored by Kaduna state government saying that he and Hunkuyi, a a senator from Kaduna north, had organized the press conference over alleged “manipulation of the party (APC in the state)” by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
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