By Uzair Adam Imam
The lives of journalists in Zamfara State are in danger as suspected thugs allegedly threatened to deal with working journalists in the state.
The frustrated thugs reportedly beat up the state chairman of Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Ibrahim Musa Maizare.
The Secretary of the Union, Ibrahim Ahmad Gada, who spoke to journalists, said the traumatic incident happened on Thursday.
Gada alleged that, after beating the union chairman, the thugs also threatened to kill some of them, calling on the authority to intervene on the issue.
It was gathered that the thugs decided to deal with the NUJ chairman after he asked some workers who were at the NUJ Shops Complex at the Union’s Secretariat to renovate a shop for use as a campaign office to stop the work.
The thugs vowed not to stop the work or leave the place because it was given to them by a politician, and as long as that politician is breathing.
“If an armed thug can threaten to kill working journalists, what do you expect? The safety of all working journalists must be guaranteed.
“We are calling all the stakeholders to intervene. How can a thug dictate the way we can use our property in the state,” Gada said.
Although a team of police arrived at the NUJ Secretariat to settle the dispute, the thugs continued to hurl insults at the officials and other members of the union.