NUJ condemns Sowore’s re-arrest by DSS

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Re-arrest of pro-democracy activist and journalist, Omoleye Sowore by men of the Department of Security Service (DSS) has been condemned by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

The Union said it viewed the absurdities of the ongoing drama by agents of the DSS with dissatisfaction and disenchantment, especially the unnecessary violation of the sanctity of the court and re-arrest of Omoleye Sowore.

A statement signed by its National Secretary, Suhaibu Usman Leman, yesterday, read: “There is, indeed, an overriding need and urgency to promote the 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 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. We equally note with alarm that such a 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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