Nigeria: YARPTI condemns DSS invasion of CoreTV
The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) condemns in strong terms the intimidation meted out on workers of CoreTV, a cable and satelite broadcaster in Abuja while its premises was invaded by some Security men believed to be from the State Security Service on Friday and broadcasting and other related equipments were carted away.
Olajide Adediran, the CoreTV managing director, told newsmen that the operatives also shut down the station and barricaded the area during the operation around 4:00 a.m. Friday, even though the media house had no history with the secret police.
“They have never formally notified us of any wrongdoing,” Mr. Adediran told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone. “This takes us entirely by surprise.”
Mr. Adeniran said he arrived the office, at 34, Sokode Crescent, Zone 5, Wuse, on Friday morning with his staff, but quickly realised that their access into the area had been denied.
“The entire stretch of the street has been barricaded,” Mr. Adediran said.
He said there are signs pasted on the walls of about four buildings in the area that they have been sealed by a court order.
“But even if there’s a court order, why should it be in the middle of the night that they will enforce it and why should they carry our systems and files?” He said.
Equipment that the operatives carted away included office computers, digital cameras, documents amongst other properties of the station.
“We totally condemn the systematic attack on the mass media in recent times as this incident is happening weeks after Premium Times Editor was arrested by agents of the Federal Government’’ Comrade Ken Uwadi, President of YARPTI said
”We demand that the DSS should discharge their duties in accordance with the constitution, as the act of forceful eviction criminally undermines the constitution, civil society, as well as democratic rule in general. We demand an end to human rights violation by those in authority and their agents. The DSS currently is making nonsense of, and ridiculing the gains of the protracted, selfless, heroic struggles of Nigerians in the quest for a democratically run civil society”