Following reports of violence in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT over the EndSARS protests, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Abuja chapter has called on its members to remain vigilant while carrying out their duties to avoid attacks.
According to the Chairman of Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, it has become imperative for journalists to take their safety seriously noting that few of their colleagues have narrowly escaped lynching by suspected hoodlums.
Ogbeche further advised journalists to have special numbers of other colleagues and security agencies on speed dial when covering protests and rallies. He also urged them to wear reflective jackets identifying them as journalists as well as have their identity cards on them.
The Chairman noted that there is the need for extreme caution when on a live broadcast in tensed areas as he also called on security agencies especially the police to guarantee the safety of journalists.
There have been several reports as regards the various form of attacks by hoodlums in some parts of the nation’s capital. You will recall that Everyevery.ng reported that there was tension in Apo area of Abuja given the face-off between some Hausa and Igbo traders on Monday which eventually resulted in burning of shops, vehicles and other valuables.