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Osun NUJ asks Police to apologise for brutalising DAILY POST reporter

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The Osun State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists has demanded an unconditional apology from the Osun State Police Command over the assault, illegal arrest and arraignment of Sikiru Obarayese, its member and reporter with DAILY POST.

In a joint assertion by the Union Chairman, Wasiu Ajadosu, and Secretary, Bukola Elufadejin, the union condemned his arrest and arraignment describing it as an act of gross violation of his elementary human rights.

The union decried the unprofessional conduct of the Divisional Police Officer, Dugbe Division, Osogbo, Akinloye Oyegbade, for arresting the journalist who was about his skilled duties and the velocity with which he was arraigned.

The union known as on the Nigerian Police to go about with civility in its method and likewise to cease the pointless train of power on residents who’re performing their reliable duties as enshrined within the Nigerian Structure.

It suggested the Police to give attention to legal parts because the union would not tolerate the abuse and harassment of its members.

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“We urge the state Commissioner of Police to name his males and officers to order and educate them on the place of the media within the job of policing the state.

“If the command fails to warning his males and officers towards intimidation and harassment of our members in the middle of performing their skilled tasks, the Union might not have every other choice than to cease reportage of all actions of the state command”, it warned.

Sikiru Obarayese, a DAILY POST reporter in Osun, it could possibly be recalled was arrested on Wednesday for masking the Finish SARS memorial protest round Freedom Park, Osogbo.

He was crushed and subsequently arraigned earlier than an Osogbo Justice of the Peace Courtroom on alleged offences which run foul of Sections 249(5) and 356 of the Legal Code Cap 34. Legal guidelines of Osun State.

Nonetheless, after pleading “not responsible”, the case was struck out by Justice of the Peace A. O. Daramola on the instruction of the Osun Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, to discontinue the case.

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