Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has apologised to the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Ogun State Council, over harassment of its union secretary and member by security operatives.
FIDELINFO reports the council of NUJ in Ogun demanded an apology from the governor over harassment of the union secretary, Bunmi Adigun, by his operatives at the 66th birthday celebration of Abepa of Joga-Orile during which a chieftaincy title was conferred on Adeleke.
Governor Adeleke, in a statement through Olawale Rasheed, his spokesperson, tendered an unreserved apology to the Ogun chapter of NUJ over the condemnable conduct of security operatives at the event.
The statement reads, “I apologise to the Ogun State Secretary of the NUJ and any other journalist who may have been affected by the incident. However, we want to put it on record that several dignitaries attended the event with several security personnel from various sections and departments.
“The officials shown in the video do not belong to the convoy of the Osun state Governor; while an internal investigation has been conducted, Governor Adeleke’s team, especially the security apparatus, operates strict guidelines to ensure full respect not just for journalists on their legitimate assignments but also to members of the public in the discharge of their duties. We apologise to the Ogun State Council Secretary and assure the NUJ locally and nationally that such an incident will not reoccur again.”
The Osun All Progressives Congress(APC), through its chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, chided Adeleke over the harassment as he urged the Inspector General of Police to investigate the matter.
“The brutish action of the Adeleke security operatives was in the fulfilment of an adage that says one’s character is like a smoke which cannot be hidden.
Lawal said, “The attack on the journalists by the Adeleke security operatives was sadistic and wicked, which should be condemned by all the right-thinking members of the society.
“It is incumbent on the Inspector-General of Police(IGP) to investigate the needless and brutal attack on the innocent journalist and the cameramen who were rough-handled and attacked, thereby subjecting the image of the police into disrepute.”