ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on members of the public not to have any dealing with a group masquerading itself as Federated Chapel, Ota Zone.
According to a release issued by the Secretary, Ogun State Council of NUJ, Comrade Bunmi Adigun, the union raised alarm over unscrupulous activities of the group of impostors attempting to impersonate identity of journalists that are not in the accredited list of Ogun NUJ Council.
Adigun explained that, NUJ is a very ethical organisation with her operations hinged on a clear principled ethos and organisational structure as enshrined in the constitution of the Union.
He said the Union was shocked and disappointed that some people could, under the guise of Federated Chapel, Ota Zone led by one Mr. Tunji Egbewunmi fondly called Octagon, take advantage of the love and respect the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele has for journalists to exhibit their disdain for constitutionality and flagrant disregard for ethics and ethos of the profession with a view to turning the enviable Union to a lawless fiefdom.
The statement reads, “For the records, Federated Chapel, Ota Zone is not known to us in NUJ Ogun Council as Zonal Chapels are alien to the constitution of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
“Therefore the fraudulent and illegal Zonal Chapel in Ota and its members are only trying to thrive on and create confusion through the inflections of one of the recognised Chapels in NUJ Ogun Council – Federated Chapel.
“We, therefore, urge members of the public, government functionaries, corporate organisations, media stakeholders and eminent personalities not to have any dealings whatsoever with the group and also be a lot more wary, particularly in these times of the endemic infestation of fake journalists who are incidentally purveyors of fake news and owners of numbers of dishonourable sources who are relentlessly determined leverage on our name and brand identity to rip the unsuspecting general public.
“In the same vein, we strongly advise that the public always elect to get in touch with the Secretariat of the Ogun State NUJ Council before agreeing to any relationship with such impostors and having dealing with any group whose letterheads bear NUJ.”