The State Working Committee of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of
Journalists (NUJ) and the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners have condemned attack on a private own tabloid in the State; National Pilot Newspaper located along Asa Dam Road,Ilorin on Friday, October 23, 2020.
The statement jointly signed by the
Council’s Chairman, Mallam
Umar Abdulwahab and the Secretary , Deacon Tayo Ayanda in a statement issued on Saturday condemned the attack in totality, describing it as uncivilsed attack targeted on Free Press which will not allow democracy and good governance to thrive.
Kwara NUJ Council also expressed shock over the wanton destruction of properties and attack on Government and private facilities by rampaging residents despite measures earlier put in place by the State Government, the State Command of Nigeria Police and Emir of Ilorin to avert such.
The council however praised the state Government for taking a proactive measures to contain the situation from degenerating further, urging journalists in the state to thread with caution while carrying out their legitimate duties.
Similarly, The Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners via a statement signed by its Acting Chairman, SS Taofeek who also the Publisher of Informant247 described the attackers as arsonists and common criminals and they must be seen and addressed as such.
ASKOMP questions the rationale behind an attack on journalists and media houses doing their legitimate profession of events and news reportage.
The body therefore implored the State government, the Kwara State police command and all relevant stakeholders to rise up to condemn this sinister which we see as an attempt at gagging the press and ensure perpetrators are brought to book in due cause.
ASKOMP while we condemning ths criminal looting of private businesses across the Ilorin metropolis late yesterday and early today, urges all relevant government agencies to rise up to their responsibility by ensuring and guaranteeing security of lives and properties of Kwarans at all times.