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Benue commissioner urges aggrieved members of NUJ to withdraw court case

By Henry Iyorkase

Benue State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Michael Gusa has implored journalists to work assiduously towards boosting government programmes and policies to the populace to enhance awareness.

The Commissioner made this disclosure on Wednesday while receiving members of the caretaker committee of the Nigerian Union of Journalists on a courtesy visit of the Nigerian Union of journalists Benue Council NUJ led by Comrade Stephen Ijoh in his office in Makurdi, the Benue capital

Barr. Gusa observed with satisfaction that the role of journalists as the fourth estate of the realm accorded them a vantage position to hold any public servant accountable to give an account of stewardship whenever needs arise. Adding that it plays a veritable role in keeping everyone in check all the time.

The Commissioner further enjoined the aggrieved members of the union who institute legal action for irregularities during the last council elections which resulted in crisis to withdraw the case for amicable settlement.

According to him, it is high time to sheathe a sword with a view for both parties to come at a round table and sort out the differences rather than court where it will inflict permanent pains and disaffection on the duo.

Earlier, Comrade Stephen Ijoh informed Commissioner that his committee is a child of necessity because an aggrieved party contacted industrial sitting in Makurdi for interpretation, while he was disfranchised of participating in the July 3rd elections 2021.

“The court subsequently issued injunctions restraining the union from further going ahead with the process and were served to appear on the 15th of the same month which the officials didn’t abide by court warning and the elections were held.

We, therefore, implore you to send a bill to the state assembly against indiscriminate impunity in fragrance abuse of journalists in the state, referring to the recent case of Tordue Salem whose murdered is still shrouded.

He maintained further that adequate protection must be enshrined in the constitution towards ensuring the safety of media practitioners, “frowning a situation whereby carry arms and other unpalatable actions to dehumanised us is completely unacceptable ”

In his closing remark, Barr. P.m Uganden enjoined journalists to always cross check their facts before making information public and commended them for the cordial relationship.

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