Assaults, Violation of Press: Senator Sani compensates Kaduna journalists with cars worth N5.2m
Senator representing Kaduna Central, Comrade Shehu Sani, has compensated two Kaduna journalists with luxury cars worth N5.2 million, although one of victim journalists is still in imprison remands for inability to meet alleged N30 million bail condition.
The cars distributed to the two journalists, who’s freedoms were allegedly assaulted and violated, are worth five million, two hundred thousand naira (N5,200,000).
Presenting the cars and keys to the two journalists, Suleiman Ahmed, the Special Adviser on political matters to Senator Shehu Sani, said that the attack on journalists in Kaduna is worrisome, saying that the situation has proved beyond doubt that journalists are no more secured in the State.
Speaking at the NUJ Secretariat, while presenting the gifts to the beneficiaries, Mr. Suleiman said “Journalists are expected to be selfless in the discharge of their duties without fear or favour.
“It will be recalled that, on the 30th of July 2017, sponsored thugs invaded your premises, while a press conference was ongoing. That act had sent bad signal for our democracy, our state and our country.
“It’s regrettable that 18 years of democratic rule, some bad elements in our time still find it difficult to tolerate dissenting views. We cannot build any future for our children as long as we cannot imbibe the spirit of tolerance.
“It’s an incontrovertible fact that where the press is not free, no one is free; and where the press is free, everyone is free. Free press and rights to expression are indispensable ingredients of a democratic state. Those, who chose the path of violence or persecution to stifle dissent or silence the media, have no space or future in a democratic society.
“The change agenda of the ruling party and government in the country must include respect for fundamental human rights and civil liberties. Journalists in Kaduna must stand for the truth and the ethics of their profession. The media played a major role in our struggle against military rule; you must never compromise or be cowed by any politician or public office holder whose ambition or position cannot be guaranteed in an atmosphere of free press.
“Journalists must not reduce themselves to a Public Relations Officer of people in Government. Politicians will come and go; the press will be with humanity for eternity. Journalists must resist divisions and distractions and deceptions.”
Suleiman urged Kaduna journalists not to allow the ugly situation to deter them, following the humiliation and harassment from people in the position of authority, while reiterating that, “We must all stand up against hate speech, and we must all stand up against those hiding behind hate speech, in order to silence free speech.”
Beneficiaries of the ‘car bonus’ are: Lawal Mohammed of Liberty Television, who sustained vital injuries during the recent attack by sponsored political thugs, was given Toyota Corolla LE 2015 model worth N2.7 million, followed by Mr. Luka Binniyat, who is currently in prison custody over a report published in Vanguard newspapers, was given Peugeot 206 worth N1.5 million and received by the chairman of the Council, Adamu Yusuf, on his behalf of the incarcerated journalist.