NUJ, NAS Partner, demand release of Mubarak Bala

 

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, and the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Jolly Rogers Deck, have jointly called for the release of Mubarak Bala, who has been detained for four years without trial.

This plea was made during a courtesy visit by NAS to the union in observance of Year 2024 World Press Freedom Day.

The NAS delegation, led by its Capoon, Mr. Oluremi Adesope, was warmly welcomed at the NUJ press center by the NUJ Chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola, and other executive members.

Adesope said that the 72-year-old association, also known as the Pyrate Confraternity, was founded at the University College Ibadan to advocate for a society where peace and justice prevail.

He emphasised the association’s commitment to advancing UN development goals, including quality education, healthcare, strong institutions, and sustainable peace.

Adesope underscored the symbiotic relationship between the association and the press, acknowledging the media’s crucial role in fostering peace.

He praised the intellectual depth within the association and its dedication to providing solutions to the nation’s challenges.

Adesope reaffirmed the association’s commitment to collaboration with the press for the realization of a more just society.

He appealed to NUJ to join efforts in securing the release of Bala Mubarak, the detained president of the Humanist Association.

In response, Babalola expressed gratitude for the visit and assured to positively looked into the collaboration between the body and the NUJ.

He commended NAS’s developmental initiatives, countering misconceptions about the association’s objectives.

Babalola encouraged NAS to persist in its endeavours towards a fairer society, pledging ongoing collaboration from NUJ.

He joined NAS to re-echo the call for Bala Mubarak’s release, emphasising the importance of the rule of law and sanctity of detainee’s human rights.

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