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NUJ moves to rid Kogi of fake journalists

By John Akubo (Lokoja)
21 May 2015   |   3:43 am
NIGERIA Union Journalists (NUJ) Kogi State Council has started “operation get rid of fake journalists,” ‎warning quacks to stay away from the state.
Journalist at work. Photo; ionigeria

Journalist at work. Photo; ionigeria

NIGERIA Union Journalists (NUJ) Kogi State Council has started “operation get rid of fake journalists,” ‎warning quacks to stay away from the state.

The union also cautioned unsuspecting general public, especially the people of Igalaland to stop patronizing fake journalists, adding that there is no press corps or chapel in the eastern flank of the state.

In a statement signed by the Council Secretary, Alhaji Momoh Jimoh, which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja, the union expressed displeasure over the activities of fake journalists who are always parading themselves at public functions in Igalaland threatening the lives of genuine journalists each time they meet at assignments.

According to the statement “The council has it on good authority that these fake Journalists always claim to be correspondents of any of the national news papers and even News Agency Of Nigeria.

“These group of people are not journalists and they are not employed in any media organization, but have continued to constitute themselves into a cartel going around Igalaland extorting money from unsuspected members of the public in the name of being Journalism profession.”

The statement decried a recent episode where the fake journalists threatened the Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel of NUJ Mallam Adamu Idakwo and other members of the chapel at a function in Ogbonicha at Ofu Local Government Area of the state.