NUJ gives IGP 14 days ultimatum to find killers of journalists
*Wants quick passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB)
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has given the Inspector General of Police (IGP) a 14day-ultimatum to arrest killers of a radio journalist, Famous Giobara, who was gruesomely murdered in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State recently.
The Union also demands that the security agencies should re-open case files of all journalists who had been murdered in the country including Dele Giwa, Bagauda James Kaltho, and others.
According to a communiqué issued by the National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman, after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Gombe state, the Union raised several other issues. The communiqué is presented verbatim.
The Union resolves as follows:
- The Union condemns in strong terms the withdrawal of the Punch Newspapers State House Correspondent, Olalekan Adetayo, by the Chief Security Officer and calls on the Presidency to reprimand, and punish him accordingly.
- The Inspector General of Police (IGP), is given a 14day-ultimatum by the Union to arrest and bring to book killers of a radio journalist, Famous Giobara who was gruesomely murdered in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State recently. The Union also demands that the security agencies should re-open case files of all journalists who had been murdered in the country including Dele Giwa, Bagauda James Kaltho, and others.
- The NUJ expresses its support for the agitation by the organized labour (NLC/TUC) for the upward review of the current N18, 000 minimum wage. The Union insist that the current minimum wage can no longer cater for the needs of an average worker in the country in view of the economic reality.
- The Union challenges the Federal Government to sanction state governments that fail to properly utilize the first tranche of the Paris club refund by not releasing the second tranche to ensure payment of workers’ salaries.
- NUJ cautions contestants and members of NAWOJ going for election next month to play the game by the rule, and avoid hate speeches before and during the entire process.
- While commending the anti-corruption war of the present administration, particularly the recent suspension of the SGF, Babachir David Lawal and the DG, NIA, Ayo Oke, the Union urges the Federal Government agencies to intensify the anti-graft war and avoid the temptation of any media trial.
- The Union urges the National Assembly to ensure quick passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to stabilise the sector. It also urges them to maintain two separate regulatory bodies for the industry.
- NUJ Commends the Gombe State Government and the NUJ State Council for successfully hosting the NEC meeting of the Union.
The three-man Communiqué Drafting Committee consists of Kabiru Dandago-Chairman (National Internal Auditor), Leke Adegbite-Secretary (Ondo) and Ronke Samo-Secretary (Ekiti)