The Sun re­porter raises alarm over threat from SSS

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Nigeria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ) FCT Coun­cil has warned the Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (DSS) to de­sist from ha­rass­ing jour­nal­ists for reporting last Sun­day’s shoot­ing in­ci­dent be­tween the DSS op­er­a­tives and al­leged ter­ror­ist de­tainees in Abuja.

The coun­cil in state­ment by its chair­man, Com­rade Chuks Ehirim, said it was alarmed fol­low­ing a com­plaint by Ms. Molly Kilete of Sun News­pa­pers over a phone call to the man­age­ment of the news­pa­pers by the DSS re­gard­ing the story she filed on the last Sun­day in­ci­dent where 21 de­tainees re­port­edly died.

Ehirim said there was noth­ing in the story sug­gest­ing threat to na­tional se­cu­rity; rather the re­porter should be com­mended for her courage and fair reporting.

“The DSS and other se­cu­rity or­gans should take cog­ni­sance of the con­sti­tu­tional role of the me­dia as guar­an­teed by the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion and not do any­thing that would threaten the right of the me­dia to hold govern­ment of­fi­cials ac­count­able to the Nige­rian pub­lic,” he said.

The NUJ chair­man urged the ser­vice to be more trans­par­ent with in­for­ma­tion in or­der to dis­pel any form of spec­u­la­tion.

He also tasked jour­nal­ists to cross check their facts and work closely with se­cu­rity agencies in the fight against ter­ror­ism and other forms of in­se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

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