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Sheikh Gumi in closed-door meeting at Arewa House Kaduna

…Journalists barred from covering event.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Sheikh Dr Mahmud Gumi Wednesday held a closed-door meeting at the Arewa House Kaduna with some participants on effects of insecurity in northern Nigeria. 

Security men manning the entrance of the venue barred some journalists from entering the Meeting Hall, allegedly organized by BBC Hausa Service.

The meeting, which was earlier scheduled for 31st March, 2021, was fixed for 11pm prompt.

The Town Hall meeting on ‘How insecurity affects education in northern Nigeria,’ which held at the Arewa House Conference Hall, later slide into a closed-door meeting with selected journalists,  allegedly of the same faith. 

Our reporter, who was a star witness in Arewa House, reported that many journalists, who were earlier invited to partake in the meeting, were later prevented from entering the hall by private security hired to man the entrance.

Even journalists with invitation cards were prevented from entering, as the private security men insisted on a text message sent by a lady to journalists originally invited for the coverage.

It was also gathered that, many Kaduna-based journalists, who went to the venue, were disallowed entry by the security, saying, they were working, “based on instructions.”

Journalists, who made attempt to force their way in, were locked out, and the entrance door locked.

Recalled that Gumi had, penultimate last month described journalists as ‘criminals’ for tagging bandits as “criminals.”

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