Breaking: Imo State Chapter Of NUJ Disowns Okeoma, Punch Correspondent

By Clinton Iwuji, Owerri

The Imo State chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has declared that the correspondent of the Punch newspapers in the state, one Chidiebube Okeoma is not a registered member of the union.

The correspondent on Monday falsely claimed he was brutalized by policemen while filming some restricted quarters in Imo Government House.

But the state government through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba debunked the false claim by the ranting journalist, adding that Okeoma was working for the opposition to destabilize the state.

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However, the NUJ on Thursday disclosed that investigation by it had revealed that the said Okeoma is not a registered member of the union.

A statement issued by the union and signed by the Chairman, Comrade Chris Akaraonye and the Secretary, Juliet Dim, stated that some people who claim to practice journalism in Imo State, are actually not members of the union.

The union warned Okeoma to desist from dragging the name of NUJ to the mud, adding that even Punch which he claims to be reporting for does not associate with NUJ as a body.

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The release further hinted that if the latter continues with his unethical conduct, the union will make an official report to the management of Punch Newspapers and ensure he is adequately sanctioned.

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