The Nasarawa State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abbas Bappa Muhammed has received with great shock, the news of attack on the Head of News, Breeze FM Lafia, Mr. Edwin Philip at Polling Unit 016, Chiroma Ward, in Lafia Local Government Council, during the Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections by some personnel of the Nasarawa State command who were on a routine patrol and monitoring of election processes within the Lafia metropolis.
According to a statement signed by DSS Jerry Victor, the Command’s Spokesman, Commandant Bappa condemned this act in its totality, as it is not a true reflection of the character and attributes of the Command’s personnel. He vowed to investigate the incident to fish out the perpetrators of the attack on the journalist.
He harped on the need for officers and men of the command to exhibit high standards of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
According to Commandant Bappa, “Officers and men have been repeatedly briefed on the need for good public conduct at all times and especially during the election, therefore, anyone who violate this order will be liable to punishment.
The State Commandant had directed that the injured journalist be immediately given medical attention with a promise to settle all bills incurred in order to avoid any health complications.
He promised the media community that he will leave no stone unturned in unraveling those behind this shameful act.
The Command wishes to apologize to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Nasarawa State Council and the general public, assuring that such an incidence will not repeat itself.