The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed sadness over a threat to life of its member and proprietor of Wikki Times Haruna Mohammed Salisu and his family.
It regretted that the threat was allegedly carried out through a letter purportedly written by Makkah Eye Clinic and dropped in his office by yet to be identified person.
A statement signed by the Secretary of the Union, Isah Garba Gadau late Friday night regretted that the alleged threat letter came when the Makkah Eye Clinic has sued the proprietor over alleged defamatory reports carried by Wikki Times and hearing on the case is ongoing.
“The NUJ, while having confidence in the judicial system for being fair and just, however, condemned in strong terms the threat on Haruna Mohammed allegedly by Makkah Eye Clinic”, the statement said.
It noted that Journalists, as contained in the nation’s constitution, are duty bound to hold governments and individuals accountable to the people and therefore see no reason why they should be deterred from carrying out this constitutional mandate.
The Union said no amount of threat, hatred or intimidation will scare its members from discharging their constitutional rights, any time any day.
While urging security operatives to commence full scale investigation into the matter, the Union called on governments and non governmental organisations to desist from dishing out all forms of threats and intimidations to its members for a better, informed and balanced reports.