Journalists escape death as stray bullet hits Kaduna NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel‎ secretariat

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Some Journalists in Kaduna escaped death Wednesday night as a strange bullet narrowly missed hitting them.


The journalists were relaxing at the Secretariat of the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) after the day’s work when the incident happened.

The bullet landed on the floor, close to where the journalists were sitting, at about 7pm with a shattering sound.

Upon close examination, the State correspondent of Hausa Leadership, Abdullahi Tumburkai, who was standing very close to the point where the bullet landed, discovered that the object was hot at the time it hit the ground.

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“This is a live bullet, this is a live bullet,” Tumburkai shouted, panicking.

The journalists had to hurry up, cutting short their relaxation, and abandoned their food and drinks half way to vacate the Secretariat, along Muhammadu Buhari Way.

They could not actually ascertain the direction the bullet came from after much conjectures among them, but they noted that the Secretariat was in the neighbourhood of Military residence and formations.

Reacting to the incident, Chairman, Correspondent Chapel, Mr. Joseph Midat, said he was shocked when he heard the incident.

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Midat called on the State Government and other security agencies to ensure that security was beefed up in the state for the safety of Journalists and all persons in the State.

He said, “I want to believe that the bullet that came from unknown place may have been mishandled by an overzealous security officer and we want to believe that it was not targeted at our members, but it is an indication that security in the state need to be tightened for the security of the entire people of the State, including Journalists.”

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