Shehu Sani: Attack on Me, Others Led By Police Officer as Governor El-Rufai Orders Investigation

Senator​ ​Shehu Sani​ ​has said a police officer led the attack on him and ​colleague,​ ​Suleiman Hunkuyi​ at the National Union of Journalist NUJ) secretariat, Kaduna on Sunday.
The duo, among others,‎ ​including members House of Representatives and journalists, ​were attacked by thugs​ ​in Kaduna during a press conference.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has, however, ordered full investigation, while condemning the attack
​Sani, in a statement on his Facebook page, said a police officer led the attack.
He wrote: “The invasion of the Kaduna NUJ secretariat by sponsored armed thugs during our press conference was an attempt to kill us in order to silence us. The attack was aided by a police DPO.​
​”​In Kaduna city, a‎t the NUJ state secretariat today,​ ​we held a press conference against attempt by the Governor of Kaduna state and his minions to hijack and destroy the party in the state.
​”​The Governor wanted to write names of his boys and send to Abuja as ‘delegates’ for the Party convention.​ ​Our position is that delegates must be elected and not selected in line with the party’s guidelines fo​r congresses.​ ​
​”​Sponsored armed thugs invaded the venue aided by a police officer​. They damaged vehicles and attacked innocent persons.They injured a journalist leaving him in the pool of his blood​.
“​Present ​at the press conference w​ere ​Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi,​ m​embers of House of reps,​ ​Hon Sani Suleiman,​ ​Hon Isa Ashiru,​ ​Hon Haruna Saeed and other politicians from all the three zones​.
“​Our position is unambiguous, we will not tolerate sadism or fascism in our party. Those afraid of elections deserve no place in a democracy. The struggle is our familiar terrain​”.​
However,
Reacting, El-Rufai condemned the violence, while expressing sympathy with the victims.
In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, Sunday afternoon, said “Having been briefed on the situation, the Governor expressed sympathy with the NUJ and the persons that were harassed by the hoodlums
“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,” said Aruwan.

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