Armed thugs on Saturday attacked and beat up a journalist, Ashiru Umar, with Premier Radio, while on official duty to cover the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano.
Penpushing reports that Umar while narrating his ordeal to his colleagues said he was attacked and beaten by the thugs in Galadanci Ward in Gidan Galadima polling unit after interviewing a relative of a victim beaten by the armed thugs in the area.
The victim who sustained injuries following the attack said the thugs that attacked him accused him of spying for their political opponents from the area and taking a video of them.
“It happened after we interviewed a relative of a person who was attacked in the area by the thugs. I went farther into the scene to confirm the name of the attacked victim. While filing my report, I heard someone saying that ‘he was taking video of us’ which alerted other gang members’, he narrated.
‘They checked my phone but they could not find any of the videos, but they started beating me. I ran for safety, they chased me and caught me after I fell down. They continued beating me, but I was lucky to escape to a neighboring house where I was kept safe’, he said.
“Someone later brought my damaged phone to the house, and later on, we managed to leave the area. Unfortunately, all this happened while the security agents were watching’, the journalist lamented.
Penpushing further reports that the Kano State Police Command Abdullahi Kiyawa, as at the time of filing this report was yet to react or make any official statement over the ugly development
Meanwhile, Charanchi area is a volatile political environment where the Kano State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Abbas, and the Governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Abba Kabir, are known to be influential.
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