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Journalists attacked at burial of Bauchi attack victims

By Suzan Edeh

Bauchi – Angry youths, yesterday, attacked journalists at the burial of nine victims of last Sunday’s attack by unknown gunmen at the Yelwa Cemetery in Bauchi State.

It will be recalled that gunmen, last Sunday evening, attacked a group of people, who were playing cards at Zango, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis, killing nine and injuring five.

It was learnt that The Moment, Galaxy Television, NTA, BATV and FRCN, had reporters at the ceremony waiting to interview Mr. Lawi Pokti, Bauchi State Chairman of Christian Association Nigeria, CAN, when the angry youths attacked them.

It took the intervention of security agents to save the journalists from being lynched by the youths.

The youths chanted: “They killed our people, now you are here to take our pictures and show them so that they would laugh at us.”

Meanwhile, the state government has donated food items and money to families of the victims.

The donation, according to a statement by Mr. Ishola Adeyemi, Chief Press Secretary to the Bauchi State Governor, were made on behalf of the government by Director-General in the office of the Chief of Staff, Pastor Kennedy Masau, who led a delegation on a condolence visit to the bereaved families at COCIN Church, Zango.

Receiving the relief materials on behalf of the bereaved families, the leaders of churches in Zango emphasised the need for government to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the act and establish a security post in the area to check future occurrence.


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