Invasion of Court, Rearrest of Sowore by DSS Unacceptable - NUJ - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Invasion of Court, Rearrest of Sowore by DSS Unacceptable - NUJ



The National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday viewed the absurdities of the ongoing  drama by Agents of the Department of Security Service  with dissatisfaction and disenchantment, especially the unnecessary violation of the sanctity of the court and rearrest of Omoleye Sowore.


The NUJ, in a statement through its National Secretary; Shuaibu Usman Leman (Walin Shadalafiya) noted that it 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. 

The body added that there was 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.

"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. 

"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," he said.


From Jane Okafor, Abuja

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