By Ibraheem Solahudeen.
Kwara State chapter of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the attack by hoodlums on National Pilot, a private media organization based in Ilorin.
The Union through a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Umar Abdulwahab and Secretary, Deacon Tayo Ayanda said the attack is condemnable since it aimed to curtail free press which would aid the growth of democracy and good governance.
“The council is also shocked by the wanton destruction of properties and attack on government and private facilities by rampaging residents despite measures earlier put in place by the State Government, the State Command of Nigeria Police and Emir of Ilorin to avert such.”
While urging journalists to be cautious in the line of duty, the council call on government to take measures to contain the situation.
Similarly, the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP) has also described as common criminals the attackers who loot facilities, both public and private, in Ilorin on Friday.
In a statement signed by its acting chairman, Salihu Shola Taofeek, ASKOMP said there are no justification for the attack on media houses and journalists doing their legitimate duties.
While strongly condemning the criminal looting and lawless behavior displayed across Ilorin metropolis, the association call on all relevant government agencies to rededicate themselves to the task of guaranteeing the security of lives and properties of Kwarans.