Sports journalists under the aegis of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Kano state have declared their resolve to boycott all Nigeria Professional Football League home matches involving Kano Pillars FC.
The aggrieved sports writers lamented that overzealous security operatives that are posted to Sani Abacha Stadium the home venue of Pillars have found a hobby in disrespecting, harassing and subjecting sports journalists to unwarranted hardship.
The treasurer Kano SWAN, Zahradeen Saleh, while denouncing the development, described it as unacceptable, and condemned what he said is now a regular routine for security operatives to embarrass journalists that are assigned to cover Pillars home matches.
Saleh said “This is getting out of hands. Last season, one of our colleagues was slapped by a security operative. So many issues like that, and we tried and manage the situation not to get out of hand.
“This season again, during Kano Pillars home matches, our members are being molested, we are forced to queue up, and in the process some of our members had their gadgets damaged or stolen, enough is enough”, Saleh fumed.
The acting chairman, SWAN Kano chapter, Musbahu Shehu Bala Chedi confirmed the brewing tension between sports writers and Kano Pillars FC.
He said members of Kano SWAN have continuously lodged complaints against the displeasing treatments been meted out to them by security operatives during Kano Pillars NPFL match days. He threatened that “we are going to act accordingly to resolve the matter.”
When judicialsketch.com contacted the spokesman of Kano Pillars, Rilwanu Idirs Malikwa Garu, he said: “Point of clarification, Kano Pillars is not responsible for who mans the stadium gates. As journalists, our members should know better who to hold responsible for whatsoever happens at the stadium gate during matches.
He said journalists come to matches late and some do not even have means of identification. He also revealed that sometimes four to five journalists come to the stadium claiming to represent one organization.
“I advise the leadership of SWAN to approach and sit with the right authorities, as this has nothing to do directly with Kano Pillars”, he said.