The Ondo State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the invasion of its Press Centre by some hoodlums during a press conference.
Piqued by the development, the Union therefore called on political gladiators and hoodlums in the State to stay away from the Union's Press Centre at Alagbaka Akure, the state capital.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Leke Adegbite and Secretary, Olaoluwa Meshack, on Tuesday, the Union urged security agencies to arrest the ugly incident.
“The Ondo State Council of NUJ views the prevention of a press conference organised by a political group by some hoodlums as uncalled for, challenging the Security operatives in the state arrest such ugly incident.
“Although no physical attack was recorded but preventing journalists from carrying out their statutory duties at the press centre is unacceptable, as free press remains the oxygen of any virile democracy.
“Ondo NUJ warns that it would no longer take such unprovoked invasion of our home 'press centre' as journalists in the state have been reporting all parties in the political situation in the state fairly and objectively.
“The Union equally urges security agencies to be more alive to their responsibility as all efforts to make them deploy their men to the press centre when such invasion occurred proved abortive,” part of the statement reads.