The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council has implored the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, to as a matter of urgency check the excesses of his men who are extorting motorists in some parts of the state.
The union made this appeal via a communiqué issued at the end of a congress of the union held on Sunday in Ibadan, the state capital.
Newspot gathered that motorists who are coming and going to the Oke-Ogun geopolitical zone of the state from different partsof the state have expressed disappointment over the extortion by some policemen along the road.
But, NUJ in the communiqué signed by the trio of Comrades Adewale Tijani (BCOS), Khalid Imran (Oke-Ogun Federated Chapel) and Temilola Akarah (State Information), called on Enwonwu to check the abuse of office by policemen along the Oke-Ogun geopolitical zone.
The union while drawing the attention of Oyo State government under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde to the worsening insecurity in some parts of the state called on Makinde to beef up security and ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.
The union said, “That the Congress appealed to Oyo State Commissioner of Police Mr. Enwonwu Nwachukwu to check the excesses of some of his men who are fond of extorting and harassing motorists and passengers plying Oke-Ogun roads and other parts of the state.
“That the Congress drew attention of Oyo State government to the worsening insecurity in some parts of the state and called on the Executive Governor of the state Engineer Oluseyi Makinde to beef up security and ensure the safety of lives and properties in the state.
The union also expressed concern over the negative impact of the Coronavirus on journalists in the state.
“That members of the Congress expressed concern at the negative impacts of Covid-19 pandemic on some Journalists, who were either laid off or placed on half salaries.
“That the Congress appeal to Media Managers and owners to be humane and end the sufferings of the affected journalists.
“That the Congress, in addition, express its displeasure at the disengagement of some freelance workers of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) and enjoined the management of the Corporation to reinstate them.
“That the NUJ Oyo State Council call on Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, address the sudden hike in fuel price and prevent it from aggravating the national economy.
“That the Congress commends Governor Seyi Makinde for prompt and regular payment of salaries of State workers and pensioners.”