Monday, January 7, 2019

NLC Calls For The Immediate Release Of The Daily Trust Staff's Arrested By The Nigeria Military

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for the immediate release of Daily Trust staff's arrested in MAIDUGURI by armed soldiers yesterday and the reopening of the newspaper’s office.

In a statement signed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the labour union condemned the military action, saying that it's an evil act and represent a throwback to the lack of freedom endured during the military regime.

The statement reads : “We are in a democracy and the media constitute one of the strong institutions in our democracy.

“The Daily Trust Group represents some of the best traditions in journalism practice. They are neither associated with sensationalism nor some of the darker side of journalism.

“The arrest of its personnel and shutdown of its offices portend evil and represent a  throwback to the dark days of the military.

“If the military authorities have issues with the newspaper; even if those issues pertain to national security, there are established channels for dealing with them.

“Accordingly, we urge the military to order the immediate release of the detained staff and reopening of the newspaper office.

“In these frighteningly difficult times, the military need more friends than self-made enemies.”

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