NUJ Nasarawa Suspends 3 Journalists
23 December 2018 News
Three members of the correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Nasarawa State Council have been expelled for violating the boycott order to cover activities of the state government.
A statement by Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Alhaji Suleiman Abubakar indicates that the expelled members include Umar Mohammed of Punch Newspaper, Linus Oata of The Sun Newspaper and Igbawase Ukumba of Thisday Newspaper.
According to the statement, the decision to expel the three members who were on a three month suspension followed alleged media propaganda capable of setting the state government against journalists in the state.
The statement emphasizes that the union is not in any way confronting the state government or Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps but rather calling for action against those involved in the attack of two journalists to serve as deterrent.
It also announced the lift of the boycott order on the coverage of the state government activities and urged members of the union to continue to contribute their quota towards the development of the state in line with the ethics of journalism profession.
Two journalists Rabiu Omaku of Universal Reporters, an on line medium and Gambo Ahmed of Peoples Daily Newspaper were assaulted by personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at the premises of the state pensions bureau on the fourteen of this month.