By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in-charge of Zone 12 that comprises Bauchi, Yobe and Borno, Mr. Besan Dapiya Gwana has urged working journalists in Bauchi State to eschew sensationalism in their day-to-day reportage of events.
“What we want from journalists normally as Police organization is to report us fairly and eschew sensationalism, because if the press want to make mountain out of a small hill, they have the instruments to do so”, he said.
AIG Besan Gwana who was speaking while receiving Executive members of correspondents’ chapel of the NUJ in Bauchi on Friday during a courtesy visit, also wants the press to help the police in condemning crimes in the society.
“You know when you over report certain crime, it tend to give you vigor, even to those criminals. We are in Bauchi here, we know the challenges we have when it comes to crime”.
Gwana disclosed that his command recently clamp-down on some members of notorious Sara – Suka and got a number of them arrested and prosecuted, adding “we are still on their trail and with time we are going to get them where they should be”.
He recalled, “You people were are of what happen during the second day of last Eid-el fitr where some young men from Darazo and Duguri clash, kill and inflict serious injuries on themselves, a lot of arrests were made and I’m aware the cases are in Court”.
The AIG therefore urged the chapel executives to sustain the rapport that his command had established between it and the correspondents, stressing that his office is 24 hours opened for reporting of any challenged.
He said the police, press and lawyers have hitherto not the best friends, but with time and globalization, the trio’s relationship waxes from strength to strength for the benefit of each and the society at large.
Also speaking, DCP Ayyuba in-charge of zonal criminal investigation department, described as positive the synergy established between the police and the press, from which the police achieved a lot.
DCP Ayyuba said, “The level of cooperation and understanding we had with the press, especially the crime reporters, you know that they are always around and we achieve a lot together with them”.
“When I heard you are here to synergize with us, to portray us positively, we were happy, if there is any negative report, please try clarify with us so that there will not be any hitch, because that is the only area that normally bring the quarrel”.
The chairman of the correspondents’ chapel, Mr. Segun Awofadeji has earlier said they had keyed into the command’s policy of security surveillance, and pledged to partner with the command, and render services to positively project its activities to the outside World.
Awofadeji wants the synergy between the chapel and Zone 12 of the force to be strengthened for it to achieve set goals for Bauchi, Yobe and Borno commands.