From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
The Attorney General of the Federation AGF and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was committed to ending undemocratic and uncultured activities against journalists.
He said it would be achieved through the administration of legally justifiable approaches on the perpetrators in order to serve as deterrence to others.
The AGF spoke in Abuja at on-going 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists with the theme: “Media, Civil Society and Violence-free Election in Nigeria”
The two-day event is organised by the Ministry of Justice, Management Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) programme of the European Union supervised by the British Council and the Kano State Government.
He said mainstream media, the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) have proved to be essential components of the advocates for the democratisation process in the country. He, however, noted, with dismay, reports of some forms of attacks on journalists and voters by suspected hoodlums during elections in some parts of the country.
“The good news is that the federal and some State governments have taken precautionary and proactive steps in taming the tides. It is gratifying to note that supporting fair, credible and violence-free electoral process in the country is one of the cardinal themes of the ministry’s National Policy on Justice 2017.
“The policy expresses worries on and seeks to address the impunity for crimes regarding some election-related violence and malpractices especially the failure to hold perpetrators accountable.”
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