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Security agents pick another journalist in Abuja

Security agents have arrested the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of an Online newspaper, Globalupfront Newspaper, Madu Onuorah in Abuja.

Onuorah was whisked away by suspected Police operatives around 6pm from his residence in Lugbe, Abuja in two Sienna buses.

He was arrested in the presence of his wife and children who fruitlessly demanded from the police why they were arresting the head of the family.

They seized  Onuorah’s phones, completely cutting him off from communication with people, including family members.

According to a statement by the Management, Globalupfront Newspapers (Online), the editor was not allowed to contact his lawyer or any of his relations before he was whisked away to the Lugbe police station.

The statement reads: “Nigerian authorities again moved against journalists in the Country on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 as the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Globalupfront Newspaper (Online), Mr. Madu Onuorah was whisked away by men of the Nigerian Police Force at about 6pm by  ten fully-armed policemen who stormed his residence in Lugbe, Abuja, in two Sienna buses.

“To make sure Mr. Onuorah did not get attention or bail, the policemen who arrested him, though not of the Lugbe Police Station, simply dumped him at the Station and left no traces for friends and family members to reach them.

“The Management of Globalupfront Newspapers states as follows: That the Police should release Mr. Madu Onuorah immediately and unconditionally.

“That Mr. Onuorah is an experienced Journalist, former Abuja Bureau Chief of The Guardian Newspaper, former Managing-Director of The AUTHORITY Newspaper, who operates within the ambit of the law.

“That anybody who has any issue against Mr. Onuorah should approach the law court and not turn the Nigerian Police into a Gestapo outfit that bullies a man in the presence of his wife and children.

“That any second Mr. Onuorah spends in police custody constitutes a serious infringement against his fundamental rights and a continuation of the assault on freedom of expression that has become frequent occurrence in Nigeria recently”.

 

– The Nation

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