Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 November 2012

Nigeria: Thugs Assault Daily Trust Reporter in Kwali

Thugs believed to be loyal to the chairman of Kwali area council in the Fedvral Capital Territory (FCT), Joseph K. Shazin, yesterday afternoon assaulted a Daily Trust reporter, Abubakar Sadiq Isah, in Kwali.

The reporter, who was in Kwali at about 12: 45 pm to cover a public hearing on the constitution amendment organized by members of the National Assembly for stakeholders was attacked by some group of thugs outside the Kwali town hall, venue of the public hearing while.

Isah was chatting with one of his colleagues when the youths came for him.

The incident happened around 2:10 pm.

Suddenly, three thugs held his Kaftan shirt and hit him on the chest.

One of them again held onto his Kaftan at the back until men of the police Special Anti-robbery Squad (ATS) at the venue intervened.

Police rescued the reporter from the hands of the thugs, took the reporter inside their patrol vehicle and drove him straight to Kwali police station.

A Nokia C6 handset and a digital camera (Sony) belonging to the reporter got missing during the attack.

At Kwali police station, the Divisional Police Officer, Umar Ozigi asked the reporter to put down statement and asked him to come back on Wednesday, so that an invitation letter will be served to the council chairman on the issue.

The council chairman had earlier threatened the reporter for reporting an incident in Kwali.

The incident reported in the Tuesday October 23, 2012 edition of Daily Trust captioned "Father's car crushes son at a political rally" recorded the death of the son of Kwali LEA secretary, Danlami Kakatsu at a political rally.

The council boss had phoned the reporter via his Celtel number 080880909... saying in Hausa, "You think you can write anything you like about Kwali, we are waiting for you in Kwali."

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