ABUJA – THE Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned
the assault of personnel by soldiers during clashes with separatist groups
southeast of the country on Tuesday.
The soldiers allegedly invaded the NUJ Abia State Council in the regional
capital Umuahia, reportedly beat up journalists on sight and destroyed
their working tools.
The military men also destroyed furniture, documents and other property
yet to be quantified.
“This unprovoked attack, to say the least, is barbaric, shameful and a
throwback to dark days of military dictatorship, which the media and other
well meaning organizations and individuals fought hard to change the
regime and psyche,” the journalists’ union stated.
The union called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the military to order.
It also called on military leaders to take note of the “unprofessional
conducts” and punish the unruly officers.
“They should also take immediate steps to replace damaged
equipment/gadgets and compensate our colleagues manhandled.”
On Tuesday, the battalion posted to quell tensions in Abia said some
soldiers had been found culpable and would be disciplined.
The action the army would take could not be ascertained but officers have
previously been dismissed or demoted.
– CAJ News