Sun Newspaper petitions IG over Umahi’s harassment of Reporter

By AdvocateNews on 24/04/2020

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,345

IGP  Mohammed Adamu
IGP Mohammed Adamu

The Sun Newspaper has formally lodged complaint before the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu over the alleged harassment, intimidation and abuse of the rights of its staff, one Mr. Chijioke Agwu by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr Dave Umahi.

The paper in the petition signed by its Managing Director/ Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh expressed sadness and worry over the action of the governor and the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, whom the media outfit noted supported the governor in the alleged harassment, intimidation and abuse of Agwu’s right.

According to Mr Ukeh the ill-treatments meted out to the reporter and by extension, The Sun Newspaper, amounts to the violation of rights to human dignity, freedom of movement, freedom of association and freedom of expression, including rights to gather, write, publish and circulate news, which are all guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

He stressed that the freedom of the press as enshrined in the constitution implies that the press shall be a watchdog over the excesses of any government and shall ensure that the government delivers its promises to the people, adding that that was exactly what the cited publication in the Daily Sun was meant to achieve.

The MD said trouble started following the illegal and unlawful arrest of Agwu by Umahi’s Chief Security Officer, while he (Agwu) was performing his lawful and constitutional duty as a journalist in Ebonyi State.

“In Daily Sun of Friday, April 17, 2020, we published a features story written by the said Mr. Chijioke Agwu captioned: “Anxiety, fear, as Lassa fever wreaks havoc in Ebonyi,” which was based on statistics released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“Following the said publication, on Saturday ,April 18, 2020, Mr. Chijioke Agwu eas intimidated, harassed and arrested while attending a press conference in Government House, Abakiliki on the orders of Governor Dave Umahi by his Chief Security Officer (CSO), who subsequently whisked him away and handed him over to the Commissioner of Police.

“The initial plan of the Governor and the Commissioner of Police was to hurriedly arraign him before a Magistrate’s Court on trumped-up charges of violating the Ebonyi State Coronavirus and Other Dangerous (Infectious) Diseases and Related Matters Law (No. 005) 2020. However, it took the intervention of the Police High Command and well-meaning Nigerians before Agwu eventually regained his freedom after spending several hours in police custody with the associated ill-treatments, like intimidation, harassment and denial of access to justice”, he said.

The petition added that the governor on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, announced at a press conference the banning for life of Agwu, and by implication The Sun Newspaper as an organisation, from entering Government House and all government facilities in the state.

“The governor also declare that the safety of Journalists, including Chijioke Agwu, in the state could no longer be guaranteed by him, and that people were angry with the journalists and might begin to unleash mayhem on them, if they continue to cause panic in the state”, the petition read in part.

The paper while condemning the action of the governor, noted that as a public office holder who is accountable to the people and the laws of the land, the proper recourse for the governor was to have would have responded appropriately through a rejoinder or alternatively seek legal redress instead of resorting to unlawful acts of attempting to stifle press freedom.

Ukeh according to the petition, appealed to the Police boss to ensure that adequate security is provided for Agwu and all staff of the company, while they engage in their lawful duties in Ebonyi State.

He said that the appeal became necessary going by the pronouncement of the governor that he could no longer guarantee their safety and security in the state.

He also appealed to the IG to call the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State to order to immediately desist from any further form of ill treatment and intimidation of staff of the Sun Newspaper working in Ebonyi State, on Governor Umahi’s order.

Posted 24/04/2020 08:07:43 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Four Policemen killed as armed robbers attack bullion...

Saraki loses senate seat in Kwara

BUHARI'S MEDICAL TOUR AND NIGERIAN DOCTORS' STRIKE

Northern Nigeria backward, uneducated, unhealthy – Gov. el-Rufai...

Buhari congratulates newly elected NUJ Executives

Kidnappers kill ransom bearer after collecting ransom

I know politicians who have suddenly turned billionaires...

Danladi Hassan, Colonel forcefully retired in 2016 defeat...

Kogi Police rescue kidnapped wife of late Edo...

Four cops dismissed for extorting N7m from cleric...

Survivors of Shiroro massacre vow not to return...

Jubilation as Ebeano family endorses Ugwuanyi as leader...

 

Latest News EFCC arrests 12 bankers in Enugu over fraud Dangote workers shot as armed Kogi Vigilantes invade Obajana cement plant Nnamdi Kanu petitions Buhari to release him immediately Peter Obi: Igbo should be president — Falae BREAKING: Obi beats Tinubu, Atiku by 51% votes in new poll ahead 2023   Peter Obi: Arrest, prosecute Mahdi Shehu, Ohanaeze tells FG 2023: Obasanjo may support Peter Obi Edeoga: Can a pact breaker keep campaign promises? Over 13,000 APC members defect to PDP in Kaduna Umahi denies ordering police to teargas, attack Peter Obi’s supporters in Ebonyi 2023: North will vote massively for Peter Obi — Prophet El-Buba Senator Ubah: How I narrowly escaped assassins’ bullets

 

Most Read Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (514,556 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (514,556 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (514,555 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (514,555 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (514,554 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (514,554 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (514,551 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (514,549 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (514,546 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (505,641 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (440,760 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (438,727 views)

 

 

SECTIONS FAITH (159) EDITORIAL (25) NEWS (9,923) POLITICS (524) SOCIETY (135) SPORTS (67) BUSINESS (381) HEALTH (63) EDUCATION (53) ENTERTAINMENT (65) INTERNATIONAL (232) TECHNOLOGY (8) COLUMNISTS (57) LETTERS (4) OPINION (47)

 

 


There are no video entries posted yet.