The Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Borno Council having exhausted all diplomatic avenues to secure release of Daily Trust Newspaper Bureau Chief Uthman Abubakar strongly condemns his continued detention by the military.
This was made know in a statement issued to reporters and media by the council secretary in the city of Maiduguri, Borno state ,northeast Nigeria on Tuesday.
NUJ is deeply saddened by the military’s arrest of two of its members who are also staffs of Daily Trust News Papers Uthman Abubakar and Ibrahim Sawab (released Monday 7/1/19) in Maiduguri on Sunday 6th January 2019 following a publication on military operations.
The Union strongly believes that the Country’s Armed forces is far greater in capacity, equipment and experience than the Boko Haram insurgents hence all of us have no fear that the Forces can defeat the insurgents on any front and that has been the guiding reason for reporting military operations.
NUJ believes the report of Daily trust of Sunday 6/1/19 was misinterpreted by our gallant military which was only promoting a show of force and not contrary.
Adding that council implore the concerned authority to see good in polishing justice with understanding and release the Bureau Chief Uthman Abubakar still in custody.
He is not well to undergo such detention and the Presidency through Senior Special Assistant on Media Malam Garba Shehu has ordered his release which has not been affected and strongly rejected by all of us.
The Pen Profession and Armed forces have enjoyed a long cordial relationship before and during the Boko Haram insurgency which has lasted almost ten years now.
Let us all not give in to the antiques of the insurgents who will be happy with this negative trend and remain united to fully overcome the elements of terror the statement added.