14th October, 2011
The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, on Thursday in Abuja, commended theÂ release of the Managing Editor (Northern Operations) of The Nation Newspapers, Mr YusufÂ Alli,Â by the Police.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the release of the editorÂ was a goodÂ decision.
Adefeye who said the arrest of the newsmenÂ was made in error, expressed the hope that the police would continue to do the right thing at all times.
Alli and the otherÂ editors, includingÂ the Abuja Bureau Chief, Mr Yomi Odunuga andÂ the Deputy Editor, Mr Lawal Ogienagbon were arrested by the Police on Oct. 11.
Others also arrested are:Â Â Mr Dapo Onifade, News Editor of the newspaperâ€™s weekend titles; the companyâ€™s Lawyer,Â Mr John Unachukwu; Chief Security Officer,Â Jide Adegbenjo and the Labour Correspondent, Mrs Dupe Olaoye-Oshinkolu.
All the editorsÂ except Alli had since been released by the police.
“The reaction of the Guild of Editors is simple, the police have done the correct thing by releasing the detained editor because his arrest was an error of judgement.
“We only hope that the police will continue to work within the ambit of the law,â€ Adefaye said.
He advised media practitionersÂ toÂ adhere strictly to the ethics of their profession in the discharge of their duties, saying that it was the only way the guild would stand by them inÂ trying times.
Similarly, the NUJ National President, Alhaji Mohammed Garba, said that the release of Alli was overdue, noting thatÂ Alli was not supposed to be arrested in the first place because the issue in contention was one for the courts to decide.
He, however, advisedÂ that due process should be followed in addressing sensitive matters relating to publications in the media. Â Â Â Â Â
In the same vein, the Chairman of the NUJ in the FCT, Mr Jacob Edi, also laudedÂ the unconditional release of the editor.
Edi toldÂ NAN on telephoneÂ that the decision of the police to release AlliÂ unconditionally was a right step in the right direction.