IGP, DSS boss seek Editors’ support in Criss Management
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has called on the media to assist the police in their quest to restore peace in the country.
According to him, the media should go beyond reporting the crises in the country to proffering solutions.
The IGP, who was represented by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police, stated this at the opening of the 17th All Nigeria Editors Conference in Abuja on Thursday.
He said, “I appeal to you to continue to help us in, not just reporting crises, but also going on to diagnose the crises and also make critical suggestions on how the crises can be dealt with.
“When crises or a situation of conflict probably manages to slip through your radar or our radar, do us a favour of carrying detailed post-mortem of those conflicts so that we can learn our lessons and move forward.”
He, also called on the media to work in tandem with the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission in order to have a free and fair election in Anambra.
The Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, who was represented by the service’s spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya, called on the media to identify “unknown gunmen” by their names.
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He said, “We are confronted today by the menace and challenges of secession, banditry and kidnapping. Why, for instance, will an editor continue to call or not call those who are involved in destruction of lives and property by their names?
“Who are unknown gunmen? If you know them, and I think you should know who they are, call them by who they are. Call them by their names because, like one of the speakers had earlier said, terrorism thrives on publicity.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, who was represented by Mr Emma Anzaku harped on the need for security agencies and journalists to work together.