By Yelmi Luka, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has suspended the ban it placed on coverage of police activities by its members in the state.

It would be recalled that the Bauchi state Chapter of the NUJ had recently ordered all its members to give a total blackout to all police activities due to series of attacks on journalists by some overzealous police officers.

The recent assault on the reporter of the African Independent Television (AIT) by members of the Rapid Response Squad in the state angered the NUJ to bar its members indefinitely from giving the police any publicity.

A press statement issued and signed by the Secretary of the Union in the state, Comrade Isah Garba Gadau said that the union decided to suspend the ban during its State Working Committee meeting on Saturday which was chaired by the state chairman, Umar Sa’idu.

He said during the meeting, members of the State Working Committee unanimously resolved that members should resume publicising police activities since they have shown remorse.

The press statement announced that the police has fulfilled the promise it made by redeeming their pledges of settling the medical bills of the assaulted journalist and replacing his missing tools, in addition to sanctioning the perpetrators.

“Therefore, media houses are advise to resume publicizing police activities in the state, as the union will continue to monitor the relationship between the union and police”, the press statement pointed out.

The union equally commended the state commissioner of police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi for showing concern to the plight of the assaulted journalist and his promise to work harmoniously with the media practitioners in the best interest of the people of the state.

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