Damisa Yusuf, a reporter for Africa Independent Television (AIT) in Bauchi Station, was reportedly assaulted by policemen at the Nigerian Union of Journalists, DAAR HQ Chapel.
He was allegedly brutally beaten on Thursday, July 29, his camera damaged, and his handset and other belongings confiscated by the police while covering a protest at the College of Agriculture in Yelwa, Bauchi state.
Apparently, the students were protesting the awarding of farmland that was believed to belong to the College of Agriculture Bauchi to some land vendors through a court judgment after years of litigation.
A statement signed by the Chairman, NUJ DAAR, Patrick Abulu, said: “the Nigerian Union of Journalists, DAAR HQ Chapel condemns in strong terms alleged assault on a reporter with the Africa Independent Television, (AIT) in Bauchi Station, Damina Yusuf, by a band of reckless Rapid Response Team attached to the Bauchi State Police Command on Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Bauchi metropolis,”
The statement read, “Damina Yusuf was on his official assignment when he was accosted and assaulted by Rapid Response Team police officers without provocation.”.
“The NUJ condemns this act of police brutality as completely unwarranted and not condonable in civil society.
“The NUJ is enraged by the reckless abuse of authority committed by the Police against a journalist on official assignment in which the police took away his work tools including an HD camera, a laptop, a mobile phone, and his wallet.
The NUJ demands that Damina Yusuf be treated immediately and comprehensively by the police, as well as that all items seized from him be returned to him immediately.
“The NUJ commends the Bauchi State Police Commissioner Sylverster Alabi for ordering PPRO Muhammed Wakil to monitor the healing process of Journalist Damina Yusuf and urges a thorough investigation of the alleged assault.
NUJ would like to take this opportunity to urge security agencies to treat journalists as partners in progress and stop harassing and assaulting them.”