Lawmaker Assaults Journalist at Press Conference

Abdullahi Yakubu

The Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Alhassan Doguwa, on November 1, 2022, assaulted the  Leadership newspaper’s Kano Bureau Chief, Malam Abdullahi Yakubu, during a press conference he called in his residence in Kano following reports that he had earlier assaulted the former Kano State Commissioner for Local Government and deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Murtala Sule Garo

Hon. Doguwa, the member representing Tudun Wada Doguwa Constituency at the House of Representatives, gave Abdullahi a blow in his right ear when he asked the legislator to give his account of what happened during the meeting at the deputy governor’s residence when he was accused of assaulting the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his residence in Murtala Garo, Kano.

Hon. Doguwa initially denied attacking the journalist and described the claim as the handiwork of political mischief makers. Not satisfied with the legislator’s denial, the journalist dragged him to a Magistrate Court in the state. The court subsequently ordered the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 1, to investigate the alleged assault case filed by the journalist against the lawmaker.

The AIG summoned the lawmaker who honoured the summons on November 11. The legislator later disclosed that he had apologized to the journalist.

Although he initially denied assaulting the journalist, Hon. Doguwa after apologising said “It was never intentional because even Abdullahi Yakubu knows the kind of person I am.” The journalist also said he had forgiven the lawmaker and will instruct his lawyer to withdraw the matter.