NGE, NUJ Hail Release Of The Nation Editor 

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The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, on Thursday in Abuja, commended the release of the Managing Editor (Northern Operations) of The Nation Newspapers, Mr Yusuf Alli, by the Police.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the release of the editor was a good decision.
Adefeye who said the arrest of the newsmen was made in error, expressed the hope that the police would continue to do the right thing at all times.

Alli and the other editors, including the Abuja Bureau Chief, Mr Yomi Odunuga and  the Deputy Editor, Mr Lawal Ogienagbon were arrested by the Police on Oct. 11.

Others also arrested are:  Mr Dapo Onifade, News Editor of the newspaper’s weekend titles; the company’s Lawyer, Mr John Unachukwu; Chief Security Officer, Jide Adegbenjo and the Labour Correspondent, Mrs Dupe Olaoye-Oshinkolu.

All the editors 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,” Adefaye said.

He advised media practitioners to 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 in trying times.

Similarly, the NUJ National President, Alhaji Mohammed Garba, said that the release of Alli was overdue, noting that 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, advised that due process should be followed in addressing sensitive matters relating to publications in the media.      

In the same vein, the Chairman of the NUJ in the FCT, Mr Jacob Edi, also lauded the unconditional release of the editor.

Edi told NAN on telephone that the decision of the police to release Alli unconditionally was a right step in the right direction.