Niger NUJ laments attack on media practitioners

By Ummi Ismaeel,
Minna

The Niger State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has added its voice to the call on security agencies to live up to expectations in protecting lives and properties of Nigerians, journalists in particular, who are always victims of attack on the line of duties.
The council was reacting to the attack on the staff of the state owned Niger State Television (NSTV), Noel Dauda, by suspected All Progressive Congress (APC) supporters after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubarkar, and his entourage departed Minna.
It expressed concerns that journalists had become victims of such attacks lately.

Dauda was attacked by a group of suspected APC thugs as he was leaving Minna Polo field, venue for the flag-off of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential campaign for Niger State, Wednesday evening.

The intervention of passersby however saved Dauda from being killed by the thugs numbering about eight as they pounced on him notwithstanding telling them that he was a media person and not a member of the PDP they had targeted to attack.
Moving from the city gate, the thugs through Tunga/Chanchaga area destroying any insignia of the PDP; marched through the major streets chanting pro-Buhari/Abu Lolo and anti-Atiku/Nasko slogan headed towards the Old Airport road but too late as the campaign rally had ended.

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