- Demand apology from police
The Lagos Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) said it has secured the release of the three Journalists arrested by the Nigeria Police Lagos State Command during the #Revolutionnow” protests in the state.
A statement from the Chairman of the Lagos Council of NUJ, Dr Qasim Akinreti said the union used the opportunity to counsel the three Journalists who are not members of the union , especially Sahara Reporters media Correspondent to inform his boss Omoyele Sowore to stop denigrating the NUJ and joined the family.
He said that efforts are on to engage the remaining media organizations to join the union.
Earlier statement by the Lagos Council of the NUJ condemned in its entirety the clampdown, arrest and physical assault meted out to three Journalists, Victor Ogungbenro, Segun Babatunde Osunla and Babatunde Ayelabola by security personnel attached to the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force.
The statement said that the condemnation of the actions of the security forces was based on the fact that those Journalists work for online media and were at the scene of the #Revoultionnow protest to cover the incident and were not among the protesters.
“In as much as we appreciate the fact that the security personnel were there to carry out their legitimate duties , we wish to also reiterate that the three Journalists were at the scene of the protest, to carry out their legitimate duties as guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The NUJ Lagos Council wishes to use this opportunity to correct the impression of security operatives that, journalists are endangered species an should be treated as such.
“The Nigerian journalists had remained in the forefront for the entrenchment of democracy which we all now enjoy.
“The NUJ will not fold its hands and watch security personnel, brutalise its members in the name of ensuring peace within the society, especially in consideration that journalists are peaceful and law abiding people who carry out their lawful duties of informing, educating and entertaining the society as guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Union also calls for an unreserved apology to the three Journalists for the assault and dehumanization meted to them.