Kano State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, expressed displeasure over the alleged assault on the reporter of leadership newspapers Abdullahi Yakubu by the majority leader in the House of representatives, Alhassan Doguwa.
ALL IN ONE reports that the condemnation was contained in a statement issued on Thursday jointly signed by the chairman of the union Abbas Ibrahim and his secretary Abba Murtala.
The statement said “as the matter is already before the Judiciary and the police, we hope a thorough investigation Will be conducted to unveil the truth just as the NUJ has set up a three man committee for independent scrutiny of the matter.
“We wish to remind politicians that Journalists are partners in progress in ushering a virile democracy come 2023 while our members must also strive to stick to their professional code of ethics at all times.
“The existing cordial relationship between the Kano State government, politicians and Journalists is unrivaled and a departure wil not augur well to all,” he said.
It will be recall that Doguwa had on Tuesday allegedly assaulted the leadership reporter during a Press Conference at his residence.
Court directs Police to investigate Doguwa for criminal assault
The Chief Magistrate Court 24 Gyadi-Gyadi Kano has directed the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone one to conduct a discrete investigation on criminal assault against Mr Doguwa.
The directive followed a complaint lodged before the court by Mr Yakubu through his counsel, Bashir, Umar & Co. Legal Practitioners and Corporate Consultant.
In the letter addressed to the AIG Zone one dated 1st November 2022, signed by the Registrar of the Court a copy of which was made available to PREMIUM TIMES reads in part, “I am directed by the Presiding Chief Magistrate Court 24, A.B. Wali Complex, Gyadi-Gyadi Kano, to write and request you, to conduct discrete investigation against House of Reps member representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency, Alhassan Ado Doguwa.
“Upon lodging direct complaint before the court by the counsel to the complainant, Bashir, Umar and Co. ℅ Malam Abdullahi Yakubu of Sharada quarters. Attached herewith is the copy copy of the complaint,” the letter said.
However, in the letter of complaint to the court, the counsel to the complainant said, “We act as solicitors to Malam Abdullahi Yakubu of Sharada Quarters Kano Municipal (hereinafter referred to as our Client) pursuant to his specific mandate and instruction we write to you this letter of complaint.
“It’s our humble brief that our client is professional journalist working with Leadership Newspaper here in Kano acting as Kano Bureau Chief Leadership newspaper.
“That on 1st November, 2022, our client together with some of his professional colleagues were at the residence of the above mentioned member of House of Representatives, based on his invitation for him to clear his name through our media on trending story on social media accusing him of assaulting the former commissioner for local government and deputy governorship candidate of APC (Murtala Sule Garo) in the state.
“However, it was in the process of his narration concerning the episode at the deputy governor’s house where the incident between him and Murtala Sule Garo took place.
“That he became so provoked to the extent that he vowed to send his boys to destroy all the billboards and banners belonging to Gawuna/Garo for governorship and deputy governor.
“On noticing how he became furious, our client then took the bull by the horn to begged him not to take the law by his own hand instead of him to listened to our client and acted appropriately he used his right hand and gave our client a deadly blow on his right ear.
“In fact since then our client lost his good health our client encountered serious problems with his eardrums, tempanic membrane, excessive headache, general body pain and many more are some of the health issues our client is facing now.
“In view of the foregoing, we urge you Sir to order the office of AIG Zone one Kano to investigate the case and bring the said Hon. Alhaji Alhassan Ado Doguwa to justice.”