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NUJ cautions security against harassing journalists

A Nigerian policeman gestures at a driver to pull over his car for checking at a roadblock in Lagos, Nigeria Tuesday, March 31, 2020 as the city faces a two-week lockdown (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has cautioned security agencies against harassing journalists during the lockdown order.

Journalists are allegedly harassed despite displaying their ID card, which should serve as a pass, as announced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

In a statement, the Secretary, FCT council, Mr. Ochiaka Ugwu, urged security personnel to respect journalists as essential service providers and major partner in efforts to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

He called on heads of security agencies in FCT to caution their personnel and allow journalists the freedom to discharge their duties.

The Union also called on media owners to provide preventive kits and sanitizers to their crews and ensure only experienced reporters handle critical report at this period.

While urging members to maintain social distancing during their programmes, the union also called on media managers to allow colleagues work from home except where it was absolutely necessary to come to office.

Sandra Udeike

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