By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
The State Working Committee of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) said it is disturbed with the news of attack on a private own tabloid in the State; National Pilot Newspaper located along Asa Dam Road, Ilorin on Friday.
The Newspaper organization was said to be owned by the Immediate past Senate President and former Governor of Kwara state, Dr Bukola Saraki.
The statement jointly signed by the Council’s Chairman, Mallam Umar Abdulwahab and the Secretary, Deacon Tayo Ayanda condemned the attack in totality, describing it as uncivilized attack targeted on free press which will not allow democracy and good governance to thrive.
The statement added that the Council is also shocked by the wanton destruction of properties and attack on Government and private facilities by rampaging residents despite measures earlier put in place by the State Government, the State Command of Nigeria Police and Emir of Ilorin to avert such.
The council, however, lauded the state Government for taking a proactive measures to contain the situation from degenerating further.
The council urged journalists in the state to tread with caution while carrying out their legitimate duties.
However, the Managing Director of the Newspaper organization, Alhaji Billy Adedamola had earlier posted on his social media platform how Hoodlums vandalised National Pilot Newspaper’s office in Ilorin on Saturday.
“National pilot was attacked by the rampaging hoodlums in Ilorin yesterday. We thank God, however, that no one was hurt.
“I drove my staff out of the office at about 6.30 pm. when the threat of attack against us was becoming more glaring.
“I left after I had ensured all my staff had been safely evacuated. I took the back streets to get home.
“So were the staff. After our departure, the hoodlums set a bonfire at the front of our office and later vandalized part of it,” Adedamola added.