NUJ protests illegal arrest of members, motorists

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists , FCT council , on Sunday protested against the activities of the task force/ marshal of the Abuja Municipal Area Council .

The union expressed concerned over the illegal arrest of vehicles and their owners by the AMAC task force.

Already , the NUJ has concluded plans to hold a town hall meeting with relevant stakeholders and residents .

A statement by the Secretary of NUJ, Ochiaka Ugwu , and Chairman of the Planning Committee , Omeiza Ajayi , informed that the event would take place on Monday , October 19 , 2020 at the NUJ FCT council secretariat , Utako , by 10 am .

The NUJ said the town hall meeting had become imperative following widespread complaints by motorists alleging abuse , extortion , intimidation and sometimes physical abuse by operatives / officials of the AMAC task force/ marshal.

The statement read , “Many journalists had fallen victims before now and the bail is usually 10 ,000 . Based on the constitutional guarantee in Chapter 22 of the 1999 Constitution ( as amended) , the NUJ FCT views it as expedient to organise a town hall meeting to review the strategies of the AMAC task force/ marshal and develop interventions to ensure that key stakeholders are engaged and informed on their activities .

“It is also aimed at finding answers to burning issues which , if not properly addressed and timely, too , could adversely impact on the fragile security situation in the territory.”

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