Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Ajogun, on Tuesday, Aprul 20,2021 applauded the committed efforts of the National Association of Online Security Reporters, NAOSRE at bridging the gap of communication between citizens and security agents.
The Commissioner made the remarks in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital when Mr. Femi Oyewale, NAOSRE President, led the association’s team to pay him a courtesy visit at his Eleweran office.
The commissioner also emphasized the importance of media as integral partners in nation building and urged for restraints in sensationalism.
“I feel happy to receive you today in my office. I know the importance of media in the security space.
“At the moment, insecurity is a big threat to us as a people and as a country. To solve it requires collective efforts. That is why I am particularly happy with your association that is doing so much to keep Nigerians informed about our activities,” the CP stated.
Despite his good impression about the media, Commissioner Ajogun however expressed reservations about over sensationalized news items for the purpose of attracting readership and called for more commitment to investigative journalism to achieve balanced reportage.
“There are false publications and lots of inaccurate reports. These are harmful to security. Try and be honest and build a reputation of honesty for the association.
“Always consider national interest in your reports so that your association can become the standards for measuring accuracy,” he advised.
Earlier, Femi Oyewale espoused the mission of NAOSRE which includes but not limited to setting a standard on security reportage for national harmony.
He explained that the loss of confidence by citizens on security agents needs co operative efforts to checkmate.
Oyewale therefore called on the Commissioner of police and other heads of Nigerian security formations to be available for conversations so that journalists would de emphasize the reliance on third party narratives in writing reports.
“NAOSRE is unique in style and scope. Nigerians and security agents can always count on us for credible reportage,” he promised.