The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the arrest of the Borno State Editor of Daily Trust and some other staff and closure of the state office by the military.
The NLC in a statement signed by the President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba noted that no explanation is good enough for the extreme action.
“”;It is bizarre and represent repression and violation of press freedom. We are in a democracy and the media constitute one of the strong institutions in democracy”
“The Daily Trust Group represent some of the best traditions in journalism practice. It is neither associated with sensationalism nor some of the darker side of journalism.”
Comrade Wabba said the arrest of its personnel and shutdown of its office portend evil and represent a throwback to the dark days of the military.
“If the military authorities have issues with the news paper, 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 “he hinted.