The National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has condemned the violent attack at the Journalists Estate, Arepo allegedly sponsored by the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Solomon Atanda Oyebi.
Oba Oyebi allegedly directed some hoodlums under the supervision of some palace Chiefs to pull down the entry gate arch of the estate because there was no homage paid to the palace before the installation.
A statement signed by the National Secretary of the NUJ, Shuaibu Liman described the attack as an invasion, criminal destruction to property and threat to life of residents.
The Union appealed to Ogun State government to identify and hold to account, all persons behind the invasion and willful destruction of property.
The statement observes that acts of impunity against Journalists and their property are far too many and should be stopped immediately.
The Estate arch was pulled down on Tuesday barely twenty-four hours after it was erected.
“We condemn in strong terms the recent invasion, criminal destruction to property and threat to life against journalists by residents of Beachland Estate allegedly led by a traditional ruler.
“We appeal to Ogun State Authorities to urgently identify and hold to account, all persons behind this dastardly act and willful destruction of property.
its added that the acts of impunity in the country, especially against Journalists and their property are far too many.
“Attacking journalists and their property as done by public figures for whatever reason like the shameless display in Arepo Estate is ignoble and irresponsible as no decent community should engage in this.
”Journalists should be encouraged to work without fear of harassment, wherever they may reside, because anything short of this is to deny them their freedom.”