Journalists Poised For Legal Battle With EFCC


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By Victor Ernest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 72 hours to apologise to The Sun or face litigation.

EFCC was reported to have invaded the media outfit on Monday, allegedly spending about an hour molesting and intimidating the company’s members of staff.

But the commission has denied the allegation, calling it diversionary tactic.

However, NUJ insists that the EFCC’s invasion of the media outfit is ”barbaric”’and undue stress on the workers of the establishment.

Great violation

According to a statement by the union’s chairman, Deji Elumoye, invading a media outfit without any warrant was an infringement on the fundamental human rights of the workers whose movement were restricted during the invasion period.

”This is a great violation of the freedom of movement and association of the affected citizens as entrenched in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, as amended.”

The chairman added that if The Sun as a media outfit had erred or had issues with EFCC or anybody or an organisation, the Court of Law is the proper place to seek redress, rather than taking the laws into its hands.

”The Council, therefore, gave EFCC a 72-hour ultimatum to publicly apologise to the Management of The Sun and the affected staff, for the unwarranted siege, failure which we will not hesitate to ask our team of lawyers to seek redress in court,” the union said.

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Victor Ernest is a journalist with a knack for digging up the hottest news as they break. He’s also a poet, teacher, MC, and a blogger. Victor was a reporter at Concise News.

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