The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the South West has called for adequate compensation for all Journalists and media houses affected by the attacks carried out recently by hoodlums in the region.
The union also decried the attack on some media houses in the region by hoodlums, decribing the act as barbaric and unfortunate.
Besides, the NUJ called on the federal government and well meaning individuals in the society to give palliatives to the affected media establishments in order to bounce back to life in no distant time.
The union in a statement issued by its Vice President, Cosmas Oni and zonal secretary, Bamigbola Gbolagunte said the media contributed immensely to Nigerian democracy and should therefore not be target of attack.
Describing the attack on media as ill motivated and wrong signal to the international community, the NUJ called for immediate stop to any form of attack on the media or Journalists carrying out their legitimate duties.
Recalled that the corporate headquaters of Television Continental (TVC), the Nation newspaper, Lagos TV, Eko FM and Traffic Radio, all in Lagos were attacked on Wednesday by hoodlums.
Also, the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC), Osogbo was attacked, while Channels TV and OSBC reporters were also victims of attacks carried out by hoodlums.
“The media have always identified with masses and together with other human rights activists, we fought for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria. it therefore baffles our minds why we should be victims of attack in a democratic setting.
“It’s unfortunate that the media establishments affected by the attacks are all located in the South West region, which is the hub of Journalism in Nigeria. It is on this note that we call on the federal government to come to the rescue of the affected media establishments by providing relief funds for them.
“While calling for a thorough investigation into all the attacks carried out against media houses and Journalists in the last few days, we call for adequate compensation for all our members affected by the attack,” the statement added
#EndSARS: Old Women, Other Lead Protest, Says They March For The Children In Lagos
In what many described history seems to have resumed with full force in Lagos State on Thursday with protesters marching by Tejuosho Road in the Yaba area of the state.
According to reports, Old women and some young men brandished various placards in the area, defying the scorching heat to march for almost two hours.
They continued to chant, “End SARS and we march for our children.”
A number of them were also seen carrying the Nigerian flag in their hands, with microphones to make their voices audible.
The EndSARS movement, mostly peaceful, had turned to a blood field on Tuesday, October 20, when the personnel of the Nigerian Army went to the Lekki Tollgate area and opened fire on the crowds.
The soldiers from the 65 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, reportedly killed and injured several demonstrators.
A certain Lieutenant Colonel Bello, who was the Commanding Officer of the battalion, had reportedly led the soldiers to fire bullets at the scene. However, he claimed before the ongoing Lagos State Panel of Inquiry that he only fired blank ammunition into the air.
A day after the shootings, the Lagos State Governor had initially denied any loss of life from the gunfire or that he was aware of the deployment of soldiers.
Later, he admitted that two persons were killed in the incident, while the army said in a terse statement that the state government requested a military clampdown on the protesters to enforce its earlier-than-scheduled curfew.
FG Petitions CNN Over investigative Report On Lekki Shooting, Threatens Action
The Federal Government has written a petition to the US-based Cable News Network (CNN), demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.
The government berated CNN for its investigative report on the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos, pointing out that the media outfit breached the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness.
In the petition written by the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications) in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia; the government said that if the international media organization does not carry out its demand, it will take any action within its laws to prevent CNN from making the #EndSARS crisis worse.
According to a report from Mouthpiece NGR, the government’s letter dated November 23, 2020, is titled “Re: How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement”.
The letter reads
FG Will Replace Properties Destroyed By Hoodlums, SGF Assures FRSC
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha has assured the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that all the properties of the corps that were destroyed by hoodlums at the aftermath of the ENDSARS protest would be replaced by the federal government.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja when he visited the Corps to inspect some of the vehicles and bikes recently purchased, he noted that about Eight Commands across the country were affected as well as 28 vehicles.
Lagos: Ijanikin office of FRSC, VIO set ablaze by hoodlums
He said the federal government would look into the plight of the corps and ensure that the vehicles were replaced to enable the officers carry out their activities effectively.
Mustapha noted that during the yuletide, officers of the corps would be needed to help protect the highways and ensure it was safe for motorist to travel on.
On his part, Corps Marshal of the corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said the vehicles that were procured would be given to states and commands that got affected by the hoodlums attack before others commands can get theirs.
He said about 16 patrol vehicles were procured alongside some ambulances and towing trucks hence, the towing trucks would be deployed to Lagos State due to the traffic nature of the state.
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