The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the Nigerian Army to release daily trust journalists in their custody with immediate effect.
This was contained in a Statement issued by the President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, on Sunday night.
Wabba said the action of the military was condemnable and that “no explanation is good enough for this extreme action. It is bizarre and represents repression and violation of press freedom.”
Wabba said the Nigerian Army needed more friends than enemies in this critical time. The Statement in part is given below:
“We are in a democracy and the media constitute one of the strong institutions in our democracy.
“The Daily Trust Group represents some of the best traditions in journalism practice. They are neither associated with sensationalism nor some of the darker side of journalism.
“The arrest of its personnel and shutdown of its offices portend evil and represent a throwback to the dark days of the military.
“If the military authorities have issues with the newspaper; even if those issues pertain to national security, there are established channels for dealing with them.
“Accordingly, we urge the military to order the immediate release of the detained staff and reopening of the newspaper office.
“In these frighteningly difficult times, the military need more friends than self-made enemies.”