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Journalists boycott Yobe government activities

The Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Yobe State Council has directed its members to boycott all government activities henceforth over continued Intimidation and harassment.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman Ahmed Isa Abba and Secretary Michael Oshoma.

According to the statement, the decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the chapel held in Damaturu.

The statement says the boycott was as a result of Intimidation and harassment of its members by security operatives attached to the government house during occasions.

It also alleged that for past  one year, the Director General Media and Press Affairs to Governor Mai Mala Buni  in person of Mamman Muhammed has stopped inviting members formally for coverage making it difficult for  them to perform their function of informing the public on government policies and programmes.

“As Journalists, part of our responsibilities is to inform the public on happenings in the state including the government house.

This has negatively affected   the operations of representatives of national media dailies operating in the State”

The chapel  calls  on heads of security agencies in the state to sensitise their  personnel on media security relationship for smooth operations as the country is preparing for general elections next year.

Writing by Alkasim Bala, editing by Daniel Adejo