Some police officers from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have attacked journalists at the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that is set to deliver judgment Wednesday.
The tribunal will decide on a petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, challenging the victory of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
The journalists attacked include Salim Umar Ibrahim of Daily Trust and Zahraddeen Lawal of BBC Hausa.
The Police who were on duty alleged that the journalists were snapping pictures when asked to move about 10 meters away from the Court premises.
The police officers allegedly damaged the phone screen of Salim Umar while others attempted to seize Zaharaddeen’s gadgets.
The atmosphere in Kano today is filled with apprehension on the likely aftermath of the decision of the tribunal, with many saying they would rather remain indoors to avoid being caught up in any likely breakdown of law and order.