This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
MURIC CONDEMNS ARREST OF PREMIUM TIMES EDITOR
7th October, 2015,
MURIC CONDEMNS SSS ARREST OF PREMIUM TIMES EDITOR
An editor of Premium Times, Ibanga Isine, was arrested yesterday,
Tuesday 6th October, 2015, by operatives of the State Security
Service (SSS) in the premises of the Federal High Court, Abuja, while covering the
court’s proceedings. He was set free late last night.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this
arrest. It was unnecessary, uncalled for and a sheer flexing of muscles by men
of the SSS.
MURIC reminds the SSS that journalists have duties to
perform in the same way that security operatives have works to do. Neither
should stand in the other’s way because their jobs complement each other. The
SSS and other security agencies should therefore see the press as friends and
not as enemies. The general public will not appreciate the diligence and
sacrifice of security agents unless the media gives it the necessary publicity.
The Federal Government should therefore call the SSS to
order. This single incident is capable of damaging the
relationship between the press and the new administration of President
Muhammadu Buhari. We warn that the freedom of the press must be jealously
ensured if the democratic profile of this administration is to remain credible
both within and outside Nigeria.
Harassing members of the First Estate of the Realm is a
sure way of digging the grave for any sitting government.We therefore urge the
SSS to check the excesses of their overzealous staff. Every SSS operative should be
re-engineered to respect civil rights and observe decorum while on duty.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)