NHRC tasks police on missing journalist, condemns enforced disappearance
Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, has called on the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to locate Tordue Salem, a journalist who reportedly went missing about two weeks ago in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The statement, released yesterday, noted with sadness that enforced disappearance is one of the hazards associated with the practice of journalism in Nigeria.
He challenged security agencies, saying there is no place for the barbaric act of enforced disappearance in modern history, describing the act as one of the worst human rights violations, which leaves the victims, family members and society traumatised.
Ojukwu stressed the need to improve the quality of security for everyone in Nigeria. He said it would have been needless for family members of the journalist to go searching for him in mortuaries and police stations if the security situation and intelligence gathering was better.
He called on authorities to respect the rights of journalists and urged journalists to always work within the ambit of the law and ethics of the profession. He also assured the family members of the Commission’s support in ensuring Salem is found and reunited with them.
“Journalists serve as the watchdogs of any society and should be allowed to do their work without harassment and intimidation,” Ojukwu added.