Naija Center News
Nigerian Newspapers, Naija News & Naija Politics

‘No Journalist Was Detained’– FG Replies UN Panel

0 14

A federal government delegation has dismissed a United Nations special panel report accusing the country’s law enforcement agencies as violating the rights of journalists.

A federal government delegation has dismissed a United Nations special panel report accusing the country’s law enforcement agencies as violating the rights of journalists.

President Muhammdu Buhari
President Muhammdu Buhari

The FG team says the details of the report are tales that only exist in the realm of imagination.

In its submission to the UN human rights committee that reviewed Nigeria’s situation on civil and political rights, the delegation said no journalist has been detained for years.

The government delegation comprised of Nigeria’s permanent mission to the UN, officials of key government ministries such as interior, justice, foreign affairs, defence, as well as Department of State Services (DSS).

The committee reviewed the implementation of the provisions of the international covenant on civil and political rights in Nigeria.

In its report made available on its website, the committee quoted the Nigerian delegation as saying the country respects the rights of citizens and follows due process during prosecution for offences committed.

Responding to a question on the alleged use of libel accusations to harass journalists “who were critical of the government”, the Nigerian delegation said, “no journalists had been detained.”

“The harassment of journalists only existed in the realm of imagination. There is a free press in Nigeria,” it said.

“Certainly, the Government had electronic media outlets, but there were also several media outlets that were privately owned. In the capital, there was even a private radio focusing on human rights called Human Rights Radio & TV.”

On the military’s alleged detention of a large number of women in the north-east, Audu Ayinla Kadiri, Nigeria’s permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva, was quoted as saying “to the best of the delegation’s knowledge, this was not true”.

But Jonas Abiri, a journalist based in Bayelsa State was detained without trials by the Department for State Security, DSS.

While a reporter with the Premium Times Samuel Ogundipe was also arrested in 2018 over a report he wrote against the Nigerian Military.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up here to get the latest news, updates and special offers delivered directly to your inbox.
You can unsubscribe at any time
Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up here to get the latest news, updates and special offers delivered directly to your inbox.
You can unsubscribe at any time
Comments
Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up here to get the latest news, updates and special offers delivered directly to your inbox.
You can unsubscribe at any time