NUJ Condemns Destruction Of Journalists’ Estate Gate - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Friday, February 11, 2022

NUJ Condemns Destruction Of Journalists’ Estate Gate

ABEOKUTA - The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has slammed a traditional ruler who allegedly led hoodlums to destroy an arc at the Journalists’ Estate (Phase I) in Arepo, Ogun State.

National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman, in a statement, urged Governor Dapo Abiodun to hold those responsible to account.

The statement reads: “We condemn in strong terms the recent invasion, criminal destruction to property and threat to life against journalists by residents of Beachland Estate (Ebute) allegedly led by a traditional ruler.

“It was reported that on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, the said traditional ruler led some of his chiefs to invade Arepo Estate (Journalists’ Estate Phase I) to destroy the Entrance Arc, located at the point of entry to the estate, using hoodlums armed with dangerous weapons.

“This ugly development must be curtailed forthwith and decisively. A situation where traditional authorities take laws into their hands with reckless abandon like, in this case, is unacceptable, more so, when the reason given for the destruction of the Estate Entrance Arc was allegedly because the journalists in the estate did not pay homage to the palace (give bribe), before the construction.

“We appeal to Ogun State authorities to urgently identify and hold to account, all persons behind this dastardly act and willful destruction of property.

“These acts of impunity in the country, especially against Journalists and their property are far too many and should be stopped immediately.

“Attacking journalists and their property as done by public figures for whatever reason like the shameless display in Arepo Estate is ignoble and irresponsible. No decent community should engage in this.

“Journalists should be encouraged to work without fear of harassment, wherever they may reside because anything short of this is to deny them their freedom.

Credit: The Nation

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