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Nasarawa NUJ decries attack on two journalists

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Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa State council, staged a peaceful protest yesterday over the brutal attack on two of its members by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) operatives.

During the protest, the union called for the removal of the director-general of the state’s pension bureau, director of finance and redeployment of NSCDC commandant.

NSCDC operatives attached to the Nasarawa State Pensions Bureau had attacked two journalists in Lafia last Friday for photographing the list of pensioners pasted on the notice board.

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The state chairman of NUJ, Dogo Shamma, made the position of the union known while addressing the protesters at the gate of the pension office in Lafia, the state capital.

Dogo said that the steps became necessary following the failure of the pension bureau DG, Sani Oseze, and NSCDC commandant, Mohammed Fari, to address issues relating to the attack of the two journalists.

The NUJ chairman, who described their action as uncivilised and undemocratic, considering the roles journalists play in democracies, condemned the barbaric attack on the journalists.

“The leadership of NUJ in Nasarawa State demands the immediate sack of the director-general of the State Pensions Bureau, Abdullahi Oseze; director of Finance and Accounts, Sabo Alaska; and the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ibrahim Dawaya, within 24 hours,” he stated.

He, however, disclosed that media practitioners in the state were tired of consistent humiliation, intimidation and unlawful detention by security operatives.


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