The Enugu Police Commissioner , Mohammed Danmallam, on Wednesday urged journalist to always protect national security and peace in their reportage.
Danmallam gave the advice in an address before declaring open a workshop with the theme; “Strengthening Police-Media Relationship in Enugu State’’, in Enugu.
The workshop was organized by the Enugu State Police Command in partnership with the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP).
The commissioner noted that there was need for journalists to join in the promotion of peace and developmental progress of the society especially on how issues that bothers on national security are reported.
He noted that the workshop and its various lectures are apt; given that the police and the media needed to further cement their ties as well as co-operation through their investigations.
“Nigeria remains our only country and the place we can call our own in the world.
“So, there is a need for synergy between the police and media to understand each other and work towards a common purpose of protecting our national security, building peace and oneness in the country.
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“It is in the interest of all that we, through our daily work, promote peace and progress leading to development,’’ Danmallam said.
In a goodwill message, Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Chief Ogbuagu Anikwe, urged journalists to involve themselves more in developmental journalism; which stands to promote the general development of the people.
Anikwe, who thanked the organisers of the workshop, noted that the work of the police and the media remained the same; adding “it all about ensuring the wellbeing, safety and progress of the society and her people’’.
“Occasions like this are crucial to define the end points and conflict points between the police and the media; while amicable solutions are found for disputable areas,’’ he said.
The Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Rex Arum, called for a regular interface between the police and the media to further close the tie and understanding among the two bodies.
Arum, however, lauded the state Police Command for making the state the safest in the country as well as “a command very friendly to the media’’.
“As a union, we will ensure that our members continue to work in partnership with the police to create an egalitarian and peaceful society,’’ he said.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said that the workshop would strengthen relationship and synergy between the police and the media; thus, creating better understanding.
“Apart from the lectures, it will be a forum for open interaction and contact sharing between journalists and top officers of the command as well as Divisional Police Officers in the state,’’ Amaraizu noted.