The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns this unwarranted assault on a journalist who was simply doing his job.
A police statement said “the mob almost drowned journalist Abubakar Tahir. It took the intervention of some good Samaritans in the area that he was saved from being lynched by the angry youth in the village.” His mobile phone was destroyed in the process
The journalist was escorted to the District head’s house where he was provided with new clothes and later taken to Hadejia General Hospital for treatment.
The IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: "Abubakar Tahir was only doing his job as a journalist to inform and educate the public about the devastating flood. There is an urgent need for citizens to understand that journalists are not their enemies but are simply executing their duties in the public interest. We wish Abubakar a swift recovery and call on the Nigerian government to ensure the security and safety of journalists.”