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Journalist Arrested By Army In Maiduguri Regains Freedom

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A journalist reporting for Daily Trust Newspaper, Omirin Olatunji, has regained his freedom hours after he was whisked away by personnel of the Nigerian Army in Borno State.

Olatunji was picked up at about 4:40pm on Thursday whereas hanging out with colleagues on the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) alongside Lagos Street in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Channels Television gathered that the arrest was carried out by two plain fabric military personnel and a soldier in camouflage carrying an assault rifle – AK 47.

The reporter was handcuffed within the presence of different journalists and dragged right into a ready automotive with out providing explanations after which the automobile zoomed off.

Confirming the arrest, Borno NUJ mentioned the army authorities within the state contacted them that Olatunji had been arrested and was on his approach to the barracks.

The spokesperson for the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Ado Isa, additionally advised Channels Television that the Theatre Commander was having talks with the management of the NUJ with a view to resolving the deadlock.

 

Following the reporter’s launch, the NUJ condemned Olatunji’s arrest in an announcement, saying the army’s motion was detrimental to the operation of free democracy.

It additionally described it as a trample on the dignity {of professional} journalists, saying the arrest was a repeat of an analogous incident about the identical time in 2019.

The assertion was collectively signed by the NUJ chairman and secretary within the state, Bulama Talba and Mohammed Ibrahim, respectively.

It learn, “We the members of the Pen profession in Borno State have been and will continue to live up to our responsibilities of informing the government and citizens on happenings as a way of promoting the safety of all and improve living conditions at all times.

“The union members from various media have been, with all sense of responsibility, carrying out duties to put issues in the right perspectives for proper agenda-setting by government and the military and mobilising the citizenry to support programmes and operations that follow,  which Olatunji Omirin has been doing remarkably well.

“NUJ feels it is quite unfortunate that this is happening now when we all need to be on the same page to move our country from armed conflict to peaceful resolutions of disputes for development to thrive instead of playing into the wishes of elements that promote discord in the nation.

“We can do better by calling concerned media organisations, NUJ, as well as other stakeholders for regular interactions on finding common ground on the way forward beyond this modus operandi.”

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