Verify reports on security, El-Rufai urges journalists
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has charged media practitioners to always verify reports on security before dissemination to avoid misinformation and inciting people against the government.
El’Rufia represented by his Special Adviseron Intergovernmental Relations, Hannatu Dalhat, gave the charge at 17th All Nigerian Editors Conference on Friday in Abuja.
He said that the state took some measures to address the insecurity challenges, adding that sometimes reporting on issues not fully verified remained a challenge.
He said that to give the necessary support to the military operations in the state, it adopted some measures for enhancing offensive against the bandits.
According to him, the state government has always ensured the media played a critical role in its administration to ensure that the issues of security are tackled.
El-Rufai said the state government had formally commenced the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state.
He said, ”As part of the steps to address the current security situation in Kaduna State and neighbouring states in the North-West and North-Central regions, the state government has held several meetings with security agencies to adopt critical measures towards crushing bandits in their identified hideouts.
”The military and other security forces have been carrying out assaults on the identified locations.”
He said it started with the complete ban on the use of motorcycles popularly known as Okada for commercial or personal purposes, for three months.
“There is also ban on possession of or wielding of dangerous weapons Tricycles are allowed to operate only from 6am to 7pm. All tricycles must remove all curtains. Movement of all tricycles are restricted from dusk till dawn.
”All vehicles used for commercial transport must be painted in yellow and black within 30 days. Vehicles that are part of ride services are to carry yellow and black stripes,”he said.
He added that the Kaduna state government had also placed a ban on the sale of petrol in jerry-cans or other containers in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs.
“We have banned felling of trees and forestry activities in Birnin Gwari, Giwa Igabi, Chikun, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs.
“There is also a ban on transportation of firewood, charcoal and livestock into and out of the State,” the Governor said.
He added that the measures have been adopted purely in the interest of our collective safety and security, and to aid our brave forces in their fight against these mindless criminals.