By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday asked the Federal Government to apologise to Nigerians on the Friday,’s invasion of an Abuja court by operatives of Department of State Security Service (DSS) and rearrest the Presidential candidate of the Action Alliance Congress, Omowole Sowore.
NUJ in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman expressed dissatisfaction and disenchantment, especially on ” the unnecessary violation of the sanctity of the court and rearrest of Omoleye Sowore.”
The union advocated appropriate sanction disciplinary measure against whoever “authorised the jungle behaviour of the ( DSS) operatives”
“We condemn in its totality the conduct of the DSS and call for disciplinary measures against whosoever authorised that jungle behaviour of the DSS Operatives and demand for an unqualified apology from the Federal Government for the dastardly conduct of the DSS and an assurance that such an unwholesome conduct will not repeat itself again” it said.. NUJ added, “we are afraid that such brazen acts only remind us of totalitarian regimes and not genuine democracies of which the Buhari Administration prides itself of”.
“We equally note with alarm that such lack of respect for the law is gradually pushing the country into implosion. It is however not too late to make amends.”
The union stressed further that ” NUJ had on several occasions initiated moves towards fostering safety of journalists and building synergy with agents of the state but unfortunately, brutalisation and impunity by security agents still pervade”
“There is indeed an overriding need and urgency to promote safety of journalists and fight impunity against them, in order to create the enabling environment they require to optimally perform their fundamental functions in a democracy.”