The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned in its totality the conduct of the Department of State Security (DSS) over the re-arrest of Omoleye Sowore and called for disciplinary measures against whosoever authorised the jungle behaviour of the DSS Operatives.
The Union also demanded 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.
According to a Press Statement issued today by the National Secretariat of the Union and signed by its National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman,
the Walin Shadalafiya, “the NUJ views 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 re-arrest of Omoleye Sowore.”
The statement noted that the 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.
“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 statement added.