Oyo NUJ Accuses Police Of Bias, Prosecution Of Only Yoruba Persons Over Shasha Market Mayhem

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*tasks FG, Oyo govt on security, asks NUJ VP B zone to step aside 6months  after his  retirement from service

By; BAYO AKAMO,  Ibadan

Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Sunday, frowned at the arrest and prosecution of only Yoruba suspects over the February bloody clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders at Shasa market in Ibadan.

In a communique issued at the end of its monthly Congress held at the Oyo NUJ Press centre in Ibadan, the union specifically condemned and accused  security agencies of being bias in the handling of the Shasha market mayhem .

Oyo NUJ in the communique jointly signed by the union Secretary General, Comrade Sola Oladapo and three other communique drafting committee, Sola Samuel-Ojewole (Chairman), Dupe Fehintola ( Secretary) and Musliudeen Adebayo (member) expressed worries over the glaring display of ethnic bias in handling the investigation and the subsequent arraignment of the 7 Yoruba persons as the suspects.

“The Congress decried the arrest of only Yoruba suspects after the recent Sasa public disturbance, putting questions on the security agents’ partial operational approach”, it said.

On security, the union while tasking the Federal Government to beef up the security network nationwide for the security of lives and property also charged the Oyo State government to put in place all machineries for effective security.

“That the Federal Government should beef up security networks nationwide for the security of lives and Property and That Oyo State government should put in place all machineries for effective security”.

The union however charged government at all levels to put up synergy to end the porous Security network across Nigeria, to safeguard the nation’s territorial integrity.

Also at the well attended Congress, Oyo NUJ members asked the union’s Vice President B zone to vacate office as its representative at the union zonal leadership having retired from service since August 19 , 2020 (last year) in line with the NUJ constitution provision.

“The Congress noted that the Vice President B Zone had retired since August 19, 2020 and ceases to be member of OYO NUJ under the platform through which he became the VP and in accordance with the NUJ constitution (Article 6 (8) that if any officer retires or becomes unemployed, he shall be allowed to continue in office for six months after which, he ceases to be a member of NUJ, no such person should have right to hold office and the post shall be filled through a bye-election.In line with the above Article 6 section 8, Comrade Cosmas Olalekan Oni must vacate his post and stop parading himself as the NUJ  VP B Zone henceforth”.

The Congress then lauded the Comrade Ademola Babalola led Executives of the union on the prevailing developmental projects at Oyo NUJ Press centre “and more importantly; the newly launched 30-acre land Journalists Estate on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the novel take off, of the Journalists Trust Fund to provide free interest loans and cater for members in distress”

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