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News - North West - Kano Updated: September 20, 2023

Tribunal: Police Attack Journalists Covering Court Sittings

By A'isha Ahmad
September 20, 2023
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Police in Kano have reportedly attacked journalists trying to gain entry into the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal situated at Miller Road.

The tribunal has set Wednesday, 20 September to deliver judgment in a petition by the All-Progressives Congress (APC) to challenge the victory of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

One of the attacked journalists was Salim Umar Ibrahim of Daily Trust, leading to his phone being smashed by some of the police personnel.

Speaking to AllNews Nigeria, Salim said “We got there very early, in fact, some of us prayed Subhi prayer there,”(early morning prayer around 5 a.m.).

“When we got there, the police told us that only 10 journalists would be allowed into the court, so they gave us a paper to write our names, which we did. I was number 8 on the list.”

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The journalist added that after writing their names, they grouped in a corner, chatting and waiting to be allowed into the courtroom.

But the police later said, “They are suspicious of us, saying we should move further away from the court gate, they would call us later.”

“They started talking down on us, shooing us away like we are not human beings, we were angry and told them that as comrades, they should not be shooing us away like some animals.”

 The journalist added, "It was during this back and forth that some of the officers attacked BBC Hausa reporter in Kanos, Zahraddeen Lawal, trying to snatch away his phone, they accuse him of taping them.”

Salim further said, “It was while trying to shield the BBC reporter that the police came to hold his phone, trying to snatch it away until the officer broke his phone screen.”

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Afterward, Kano Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Usaini Gumel spoke with the affected reporters, promising Salim that his phone would be repaired.

Reports said some journalists were later allowed into the court.

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