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PDP CRITICISED INCREASING ATTACKS ON JOURNALIST

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday criticised increasing spate of attacks on journalists on duty, and admonished security agencies to adopt rigid actions to check the trend.

Kaduna State Chairman, Mr Hassan Hyet, while on a solidarity and sympathy visit to the Kaduna chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said that the consistent attack on media men was an assault even to the entire society.

Reports said that thugs invaded the NUJ secretariat on Sunday, when top members of the APC, including senators, House of Representatives members and party officials were addressing a press conference centred on the delegates election conducted by the party on Saturday, July 29.

The thugs beat up journalists, broke cameras and midgets, and also destroyed part of the NUJ building.

The NUJ official advised politicians against using youths as political thugs and hoodlums, but mobilising such youths into positive ventures that will make them assets to the nation.

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EFCC STORMS THISDAY NEWSPAPER

On Monday, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission criticised the association of newspaper owners. for allegedly deploying their platform to pursue personal interests.

Wilson Uwujaren, the Spokesperson, stated that the anti-graft agency said the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, (NPAN) wrongly accused it of attempting to stifle free press in storming the Sun Newspapers head office of last week.

The anti-graft agency was answer back to an advert which NPAN placed in THISDAY and Leadership Newspapers Monday, condemning the anti-graft operatives at The Sun office, located in Apapa, Lagos.

The spokesperson quoted the advertorial as stating, and the manner of the raid be likely to say that the EFCC was out on a self-help mission, to intimidate journalists, criminalise journalism and cower free speech.

The Nigerian Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Guild of Editors who asked the anti-graft agency to apologise for its action, also condemned the action.

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