Barrister Monday Ubani, second vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has urged the Abia Correspondence Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), to accept the apology offered by the Nigerian Army for the invasion of its secretariat.
Ubani, in a phone interview with Newsbreak.ng, advised the army to show restraint in its engagements.
“I think they (Army) must be cautioned. I will enjoin the NUJ to forgive them (Army). But we must also warn other security operatives not to engage in such unlawful exercise of power, it is not proper in democracy,” he said.
However, General Abdul Kalifah Ibrahim, the Commander, 14 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Ohafia, denied soldiers invaded the NUJ secretariat. He said the soldiers had seized phones belonging to persons they suspected were filming their operations. The army said the victims “unfortunately” turned to be journalists carrying out their lawful duties.
Before the incident, the Nigerian Army had announced it would commence a military exercise, codenamed Python Dance II, in the south-east region.
The army said the exercise was aimed at combating criminality, kidnapping and secessionist agitations, among others.
By Raphael Adenaike