Ekiti NUJ to blacklist FUOYE over attack on members
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ekiti state council has threatened to boycott all events of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) over what it called incensant attacks on its members.
The NUJ Chairman in the state, Mr. Rotimi Ojomoyela, spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday while reacting to the attack allegedly launched by some workers of the University on some journalists during a protest by the non-academic staff of the institution.
Ojomoyela who condemned the attack noted that his colleagues were invited by the union to cover the protest, stressed that the NUJ would not tolerate any attack on journalists under any guise and for whatever reasons.
The Ekiti NUJ Chairman called on the management of the institution to commence investigation into the matter and fish out the perpetrators of the dastard act.
It would be recalled that some workers of the University under the aegis of Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) allegedly attacked journalists invited
to cover a protest to press home their demands at the institution.
The incident which was said to have resulted into pandemonium occurred at the entrance of the institution.
Journalists who were mainly from various electronic media were said to have been invited by a faction of the workers to cover a protest over non-payment of their harzard allowance, christmas bonus, salaries and
some other allowances spanning two years.
Cameras and other media gadgets belonging to the journalists were allegedly damaged by the protesting workers who were said to be unruly and shouting on top of their voices
All efforts made by the leadership of the union to put the situation under control, proved abortive as the irate workers rebuffed all appeals to calm them down.
It was reliably gathered from some staff of the institution that the irate workers were allegedly sponsored by the management of the institution to scuttle the protest thereby making journalists covering the event prime target.
Some journalists were said to have sustained injuries while they scamper for safety as no security operatives were on ground to forestall the mayhem.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Adeyinka Ademuyiwa denied the knowledge of the attack adding that he was out of the institution for a special assignment when the protest occurred.