#EndSARS Protest: Attack On Courts, Press Centre, Condemnable – NAJUC

#EndSARS Protest: Attack On Courts, Press Centre, Condemnable – NAJUC

The National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Lagos branch, has condemned setting ablaze of the Lagos High court and magistrate court, both located at Igbosere, Lagos Island, by some hoodlums who hid under the disguise of #EndSARS protest, to wreck havoc on the Court premises.

It will be recall that both the High Court, which housed NAJUC’s press centre and magistrate courts’ premises were among several buildings vandalized and touched by the hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful EndSARS protest, organised by Nigerian youths.

Fowoyo also called on the federal government to ensure that those perpetrated the dastardly acts are apprehended and made to face the wrath of law. While also called on the federal government to ensure that lives and properties of journalists in the country are protected.

Reacting to the destruction, NAJUC through its Chairman, Peter Fowoyo in a statement issued today, said: “We are not against peaceful protesters demanding for their rights from a democratically elected government as enshrined within the ambit of the law, what we condemned in totality, is the setting ablaze of both individuals and government properties.

“Our press centre, located within the premises of the court was badly affected as office equipments worth several millions of naira, purchased last year through efforts of our members were either carted away or burnt down by these criminals.

“We therefore call on the government to ensure that those who perpetrated this dastard act are apprehended and brought to book to serve as deterrent to others in the future. 

“We sympathise and solidly stand with the judiciary in this moment of grieve. We seize this opportunity to call on the third arm of government to include press centers in all the courts across the country in order to establish a symbiotic relationship between the judiciary and the media especially those assigned to the judicial beat.

“The Federal Government must ensure that journalists’ lives and their properties are adequately protected by security agencies and government policies in order to enable them discharge their functions according to the dictates of the constitution.

“It is imperative to state  that ironically, journalists in Nigeria, who report about other people’s plights in the society, have no hazard allowance in the course of doing their jobs. 

“Some are even owed months of unpaid salaries. We therefore call on the Federal Government, through the office of the Minister for Information, to review salary structures and allowances of journalists especially in government owned media organizations in the country just as the government is doing to the Nigerian Police Force and other sectors of the economy”.