By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Bauchi has called for solidarity from various sister organizations in the state in staying away from all activities that concerns the Bauchi Command of the Nigeria Police Force as a deterrent to future unlawful acts by any security outfit.
The authority’s general manager in the state, Suleiman Ibrahim who made the call on Tuesday, said the boycott is as a result of senseless and bodily assault meted against his staff, Halliru Ahmed in the course of conducting his lawful duty at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS), Bauchi
He said, “Sunday 6th June, 2021 will go down in the history of our profession in Bauchi when an honest young journalist left NTA office, armed with nothing but his camera, microphone and jotter, and of course driver, the desire to bring information to the sitting rooms of Nigerians residing in Bauchi”.
Suleiman said however, that the NTA reporter, Halliru Ahmed on arrival at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium respectively demanded access to the main bowl of the stadium to cover a match between Wikki Tourist and Akwa United.
“Without any form of provocation by the reporter, a policeman by simple name Dauda manning the post of the stadium removed his belt and started beating the defenseless, innocent journalist who in bewilderment, continued to ask the policeman what he had done wrong” he stated.
Malam Suleiman Ibrahim explained that this act of unprovoked and unwarranted physical assault on the authority’s reporter is not only unacceptable, but stands unreservedly condemned, describing it as blatant attack on the media generally and by extension attack on the nation’s democracy.
He recalled that the Nigerian Television Authority has over the years collaborated and worked with the Nigerian Police and all other security operatives in the country with respect and sense of partnership for the benefit of the nation.
Suleiman, who said that Governor Bala Mohammed, as a journalist cannot tolerate this act of brutality by the police, said however that his station would continue to uphold the high standard of ethical discipline against all odds, adding “We have vowed to always remain ethical and professional to enable us hold others accountable”.