By Emmanuel Ayungbe & Chioma Onuegbu
UYO—CONDE-MNATIONS have continued to trail Tuesday’s attack on five journalists from the Correspondents’ Chapel of Akwa Ibom State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, at Government House, Uyo, by an operative of the Department of State Service, DSS.
Chairman, Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, Mr. Clfford Thomas, condemned the action, describing same as “a threat to the freedom of information.”
Narrating their ordeal, Chairman and Secretary of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Iniobong Ekponta and Anthony Bassey, in a statement, said: “The executive and other leaders of the chapel had visited the Government House to keep a scheduled appointment with Mr. Ekerete Udoh, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to Governor Udom Emmanuel, but were manhandled by a DSS operative manning the gate.”
The DSS officer assaulted the reporters, including the former Chairman of the Chapel, Inemesit Akpansoh of the Guardian newspapers, Emeka Samuel of National Pilot and others.
“When we inquired to know why we should not be allowed in, the overzealous officer threatened to open fire on us if we refused to heed his instruction to go out of the Government House.”