Editors express concern over insecurity

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The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has urged government at all levels to step up efforts in addressing growing security challenges across the country in line with their constitutional responsibility of securing life and property.

Observing a slide in the security situation in the country, the professional body of editors/media executives, however, acknowledged efforts by government to reverse the troubling trend.

Pointing to the recent release of students of LEA Primary School/Government Secondary School in Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, as good development, the guild congratulated Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State and security agencies for their roles in securing the release of the students – after three weeks in kidnappers’ captivity.

In a communique issued and signed by the NGE president, Mr Eze Anaba, and the general secretary, Dr Iyobosa Uwugiaren, after its Standing Committee Meeting held in Enugu, weekend, the guild also called on the federal government to speak out on the Editor of FirstNews Newspaper, Segun Olatunji, who was abducted from his Lagos home by some men in military uniform.

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It demanded the immediate release of the editor, saying any publication by the media, if believed or suspected to be false, should be interrogated and tested through the legal process.

The editors condemned the manner in which the editor was abducted, saying such action had no place in a democracy, especially under the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government, which has consistently promised to be guided by the rule of law in all his actions, policies and programmes.

They described the recent ambush and killing of 17 military personnel on March 14 in Okuama community, in Delta State, and the aftermath of the alleged military’s revenge as disheartening.

It called on the federal government to dig deep into the killing of soldiers in Okuama, and unravel the ‘’real circumstances’’ in which the incident and its aftermath occurred, with a view to bringing those indicted to book and preventing a recurrence.

 

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