By Adelola Amihere
A journalist and publisher of Aljazirah Nigeria Newspapers, Mr Bassey Etuk Williams, has commenced the process of instituting a one billion naira case against the Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello.
Mr Bassey was attacked by aides to the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello in Abuja on Friday while the former was trying to access his residence at No. 12, Benghazzi Street, Wuse zone 4, Abuja, which the governor’s aides blocked with their cars.
An eye witness who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the ugly incident which happened at about 7:30pm on Friday night took place without Mr. Williams provocation.
He said Governor Bello’s Aides attacked Mr William as soon as he questioned why an innocent citizen should be denied access to a public road.
However, Williams has lodged complain in Police Station and has vowed to challenge the assault by Governor Bello’s men in the court, a close source confirmed he will be launching a N1bn suit against Governor Bello and his men.
Effort to reach the publisher has not been successful as his life is said to be under threat, as Bello men were heard threatening that they had their boss instruction to deal with the publisher
As at the time of filing this report, Mr Williams whereabouts is not known owing to the threat on his life by Governor Bello’s men.
“This attitude is condemnable and should be treat with all seriousness because we can’t imagine such attitude by a sitting governor security aide preparing for his re-election come November.
“When will assaults on journalists and the journalism profession ceases, Nigerians must stand against this, as assault on journalist is an assault on freedom of the press,” he said.