NUJ Condemns Rearrest, Harassment of Sowore by DSS, Demands FG’s Apology

ABUJA – The Nigeria Union of Journalists has condemned in its strongest terms, the violation of court and rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by men of Department of State Security (DSS) at the Federal High Court, describing it as absurdity.

The union equally demanded public apology from the federal government over the conduct of operatives of the Department of State Service while rearresting Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High court.

The Journalists’ body in a press statement signed by the national secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman added that the Federal government must also assure Nigerians that such an unwholesome conduct will not repeat itself again.

The body while condemning the conduct of DSS operatives said the conducts negates the promises of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

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Part of the statement reads, “the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (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 rearrest of Omoleye Sowore.

“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.

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“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 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.”

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