Jigawa State Assembly Speaker Bars Journalists from Emergency Session

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Hon. Idris Garba Kareka, Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly
Hon. Idris Garba Kareka, Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly

The Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Idris Garba Kareka, on May 22, 2020, barred journalists from covering an emergency sitting of the House, following the nullification of the suspension of the former majority leader, Hon. Sani Isiyaku Gumel, by a Jigawa State High Court sitting in Dutse, the state capital

Journalists who showed up to cover the day’s proceedings were not allowed through the main entrance of the State Assembly as they were denied access to the premises on the instruction of the speaker, Hon. IdrisGarbaJahun who allegedly directed security agents not to allow journalists access to the premises.

Corporal Shehu, a security guard attached to the gate ensured the journalists were kept out, he told journalists that he was acting on the directive of the Speaker who ordered that no journalists should be allowed to enter the Assembly complex excepting the State government-owned media, Jigawa Television and Radio Jigawa.