The Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attack on factional APC leaders at the state NUJ secretariat on Sunday, saying that nobody will be allowed to stifle freedom of expression.
In a message to the Kaduna State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, the governor condemned the mob action by hoodlums at the premises of the NUJ on Sunday.
Senators Shehu Sani and Sulaiman Hunkuyi were among the party leaders present at the conference.
“Having been briefed on the situation, the governor expressed sympathy with The NUJ and the persons that were harassed by the hoodlums,” a statement by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said.
“The Governor directed that the security agencies should investigate and take necessary action against the hoodlums. The Governor also directed security agencies to beef up security at the NUJ secretariat to protect journalists doing their duty.
“The media must not be hindered from carrying out their constitutional and professional obligations. The government of Kaduna State upholds the principles of free speech and respects the freedom of expression.
“Politics should not be a desperate game. And desperation should not be visited on journalists or any citizen.”
Mr Aruwan added that the government of Kaduna State will not tolerate any attempt to muzzle the press and innocent citizens from exercising their constitutional rights.