Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi has threatened to ban Daily Trust reporter, Hassan Ibrahim, from covering the state’s activities.
Mohammed elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, publicly issued the threat during a media chat to commemorate his administration’s one year anniversary held on Saturday.
Ibrahim drew the governor’s anger for asking him to respond to slur that he was tighten the noose around the State APC-dominated House of Assembly by denying them adequate funding.
Responding, the former Senator and ex-FCT Minister dredged up alleged unfounded anti-his-administration’s reports by the reporter .
In the fit, the governor accused Ibrahim of working for opposition and threatened him with excommunication.
The Nation quoted him as saying: “Daily Trust, you’re very mischievous with these your questions, your treachery and mischief has reached a level where I would tell you that. You didn’t bring us here. You’re fond of this. You think you’re the only journalist. I have reported before you, I was once a journalist too.
“There was a time you reported that we abandoned an old man who was ill in Alkaleri Local Government Area, my village. You always look for the negative things to say about this state. Try to be positive for God sake, we have different ways of procurement and we follow due process. You also talked of cabals, which cabal? It’s you that insulted in my one year anniversary that should tell me who is the cabal, I don’t have any cabals in my government.
“You’re always making sure I have conflict with my Assembly. You’re APC sponsored, that’s why you’re doing what you’re doing. The majority of the house is APC, so how will I strangulate them. The people have rejected Mohammed Abubakar the former governor but you want to bring him back. Please don’t sensationalize things, don’t create conflict where it does not exist. Please if you are being sponsored by the former APC governor, I will excommunicate you from this state.’’