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Thugs loyal to the majority leader of the Taraba State House of Assembly and member representing Donga State Constituency, Douglas Yahaya Ndatse on Monday assaulted some journalists at the Taraba Government House.


The journalists were at the Government House to cover to the visit of one of the Presidential aspirant on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi.


Security personnel attached to the government house had shut the gate to prevent the crowd from gaining access into the government House.


When the Majority Leader arrived at the gate the crowd attempted to take advantage of his coming to gained access, leading to commotion at the gate.


In the ensuing drama, the journalists; Sani Sulieman of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and Justin Tyopuusu of PUNCH Newspaper in an attempt to take pictures of the happening were decended on by the thugs who accompanied the lawmaker.


The thugs armed with knives, sticks and cutlasses forcefully confiscated their phones and ordered them to delete all the pictures in their phones. 


The majority leader watched the assault on the journalists without stopping his thugs, saying as he walk away, "the journalists are not supposed to record the scene."


Chairman of the Correspondents' Chapel, Mr. Gabriel Yough who arrived the scene shortly after the incident,  condemned the assault on the journalists, saying the matter will not be sweep under the carpet.

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