NUJ demands investigation into arrest of Imo newspaper vendors
Nigerian journalists under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has demanded an investigation into the arrest of newspaper vendors in Owerri, Imo State over allegations of promoting activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Abutu Yaro, the Imo Commissioner of Police, had stated that the operatives were not from Imo command.
It was later revealed that the Inspector-General of Police led Intelligent Response Team (IRT) carried out the operation.
One of the arrested vendors, Onyebuchi Iwundu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at a police station that the IRT operatives picked them on Monday at Rotibi Street, off the Douglas Road.
Imo NUJ Chairman and Secretary, Chris Akaronye and Juliet Dim, decried the “Gestapo” manner of the arrest in a statement on Tuesday.
They said their investigation revealed that the state Police Command and Directorate of State Services (DSS) had no prior knowledge about the arrest.
The union described as embarrassing, the invasion of the state and arbitrary arrest of innocent residents doing their legitimate businesses.
NUJ advised that measures be taken to quell rather than aggravate the current tension in the state and the series of attacks by bandits.
The statement said Nigeria has sufficient provisions to take care of any infractions, with regards to publications that are likely to breach public peace and security.
“Such perceived infractions should be properly handled by courts of competent jurisdiction and not resorting to a Gestapo style of invasion and arrest,” it said.
Earlier, the immediate release of the five newspaper vendors arrested by the police on Monday morning, have been demanded by Journalists in Imo State.
For a very long time this website has been reaching out to readers continuously with incisive, entertaining and enlightening information.
Journalism requires funds to be effective and to continue with the free access to our efforts, we ask you our esteemed reader to consider making a modest contribution to this noble endeavor.
By your support to AmbrosyMediaInfo you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.