Ogun NUJ decries detention of 7 journalists by judge


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The Ogun state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has condemned the detention of seven of its members by a Judge, N.I. Agbelu of the Ota High Court.
The union expressed displeasure over the matter, stressing that it was impunity of the highest order and described it as unwarranted,the detention of the journalists, who were in the court simply to carry out their constitutional duties to the society.
In a statement issued on Wednesday and jointly signed by the State Chairman of the Council, Comrade Wole Sokunbi and the Secretary, Comrade Soji Amosu, the union called on the Nigeria Judicial Commission and other relevant authorities to address the tyranny and arbitrariness which are gradually creeping into the judicial system to forestall a situation where the highly revered institution would become an object of ridicule in the eyes of the public.
The judge, Agbelu had ordered that seven journalists, who are members of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun State Council be detained in the court wing during proceedings.
The journalists were detained for three hours but got a reprieve after a snake crept in and bit one of the court officials, which caused pandemonium that made the judge to release them.
The seven detained journalists are Daud Olatunji (Vanguard), Samuel Awoyinfa (Punch), Ernest Nwokolo (The Nation), Abiodun Taiwo (Daily Times) , Sulaiman Fasasi (Nigeria Pilot) , Wale Adelaja (TVC) and Johnson Akinpelu (Alaroye).
According to the NUJ statement, “they were at the court for a follow up on a murder case involving a suspected land speculator, Alhaji Mutairu Owoeye, only to be ordered arrested by the presiding judge for what he described as invasion of his court by the journalists.
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Source:: PM Newspaper