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The Adamawa State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has demanded apology from the State Command of Nigeria Police following a raid of the NUJ Press Centre at the state capital, Yola, by operatives of the Command.

The NUJ gave the Police Command three days to offer unreserved apology for their actions or face total blackout.

Operatives of the Police Command had as part of the ongoing lock down in Adamawa State, stormed the Press Centre Thursday evening and whisked away a number of people from the centre.

The NUJ articulated its reaction during a meeting of its executive, Friday afternoon.

It said in a press statement after the meeting, “The NUJ is calling on police to take decisive action against the O/C SARS and the DPO Jimeta Division for coordinating an uncivilised operation by storming into the NUJ secretariat in three Hilux vans loaded with dangerous weapons on the 2nd of April by 7pm where they harassed, intimidated, assaulted and arrested 12 associate members of the NUJ to its headquarters.

“The two said officers are a threat to journalists and demonstrate open opposition to the activities of journalism in Adamawa State.”

The statement, signed by the state NUJ Chairman, Ishaka Dedan and Secretary, Fidelis Jokthan, vowed that no amount of intimidation or harassment by security operatives will make journalists abandon the Press Centre “which serves as the Secretariat and Situation Room for COVID-19 for all practising journalists in Adamawa State.”

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