Thursday, 23 October 2014
Journalists Turned Criminals in Kano?
Senator Gbenga Obadara, the chairman Senate Committee on Privatization, on Wednesday, ordered search of journalists shortly after an interactive session over his missing China smart phone in Kano. Senator Obadara and some members of his committee was in Kano in one of the oversight function at the headquarters of Kano Electrical Distribution Company located at Post office road. Trouble started immediately after an interactive session with over 30 members of the pen profession when he alerted the management of the Power firm of the development. Acting on instructions of his superior, the Image maker of Kano Electrical Distribution, Alhaji Mukhtar Baffa seizes the microphone and requested: "gentlemen, we don't intend to embarrass any of you but you will have to submit yourselves for search over senator's missing phone". Heavily armed policemen were subsequently drafted inside the conference hall for the search operations on the suspected Journalists. A hefty combat ready police officer who conducted the operation spelt out the rule of the game as he hoarded the reporters in one side of the conference hall and was ready to pick one after the other before a message from outside the hall announced the discovery of the missing handset. There was relief and tension after the discovery as the leadership of the Journalists demanded a written apology from the management of Kano Electrical Distribution Company. The chairman of Correspondent chapel, Mr. Francis Edwin Olofu described the incident as "totally demeaning, provocative and uncalled for". However, the Public Relations Manager of Kano Electrical Distribution Company, Alhaji Mukhtar Baffa appealed for understanding, pointing out that it was not meant to humiliate members of pen profession but all in an attempt to make sure that the phone was not missing. Source: Vanguard