By Idris Khalid
The Bauchi State Police Command has said that it would take disciplinary measures against the policeman who manhandled an NTA reporter, Halliru Ahmed while discharging his lawful duty last Sunday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS), Bauchi.
The resolve to discipline the erring policeman followed a reconciliatory meeting held Wednesday between the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Rose Dachollom and officials of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi.
During the reconciliation meeting, it was established that the said policeman was out of line by physically assaulting the NTA reporter in the line of duty, an offence which he admitted committing.
A statement signed by the State NUJ chairman, Comrade Umar Sa’idu conveyed the apology of the police command on behalf of the police officer who manhandled the journalist with a promise that the ugly incident would not occur again.
The NUJ had commended the prompt action of the state police command especially the concern shown by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in trying to provide a lasting solution to the unfortunate incident.
“In view of this, the council in the interest of maintaining a good working relationship with the security body is calling on its members to continue to accord the police command all the necessary support and benefits it deems fit”, the statement said.
The Bauchi State Council of the NUJ however reiterated its determination and commitment to always protect its members against any form of molestation, harassment from any angle of the society.
It could be recalled that an NTA cameraman, Halliru Ahmed Sunday while discharging his lawful duty at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS) in a match between Wikki football club and Akwa United was beaten by the police officer simply identified as Dauda.
Following the incident, Bauchi State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Monday 7th June, 2021 wrote a letter of complaint letter to the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command on the matter.