By Bashir Hassan Abubakar
The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has expressed dismay at the way and manner in which some politicians connive with security operatives to intimidate and harass its members through various forms of threats and harassments.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the State Secretary, Isa Garba Gadau stressing that, “the union is particularly worried over the recent arrest and detention of the publisher of WikkiTimes, Haruna Mohammed and his reporter Kamal Idris based on a petition by a member of the National Assembly from the state, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi”.
The council further pointed out that, “The union wishes to reiterate its determination to ensure that Journalists in the State work according to best practices and by adhering strictly to the Code of Ethics for Nigerian Journalists.
“However, the Union will not tolerate a situation where politicians who have issues to hide use security operatives to perpetrate acts of impunity against Journalists.
“It is in this respect that we condemn in the strongest of terms the arrest and detention of the two Journalists in question because of their professional work.
“The union is willing at all times to engage aggrieved individuals or groups in dialogue to resolve any perceived acts of professional breaches by members of the Union in a manner that will be acceptable to both parties.
“We therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release of the two journalists to enable them to continue their professional work without let or hindrance”, the statement said.