NUJ Warri Correspondents’ Chapel Members illegal Arrest: Union demands unreserved apology from Nigeria Police Force

By:Oguns Sammy

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Warri Correspondents’ chapel has demanded 24 hours unreserved apology to the union and the journalists illegally arrested and abducted by Nigeria Police Warri Area Command on Tuesday May 26, 2020.

The Journalists arrested were Omonigho Mathew( Daily Post), Edeki Egafe( News Agency of Nigeria), Francis Sadhere ( Business Day) , Christopher Odamah ( Delta Trumpet) and Onyeka Meluwa,,(Punch Newspaper),

The Nigeria Police Force did not give reason for arrest yesterday just as the identity of the police officers in the saga were unknown

Commenting on development, former Chairman of Warri Correspondent Chapel, Vanguard News paper correspondent who is also a Barrister, Comrade Akpokona Omafuaire said it unlawful for unknown police officers to arrest and abduct the journalists without telling them the offence they committed.

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He said the police claimed they arrested them because they were looking for a person’s contact who has committed an offence. He said the union deserve 24 hours apology or face the wrath of the union.

He said: ” this is Nigeria, you don’t just arrests people because you are tracing one person or the other because you are on instruction from the Inspector General of Police(IG), this is Nigeria,and anything can happen'”

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On their part, the Ex-officio of Nigeria of Union of Journalist, State Council and A Delta Rainbow Television Correspondent, Felix Eku and the Chairman, Warri Correspondent Chapel, Okies Vickie’s. condenmed in strong terms the illegal arrest and detention of the five journalists by unknown police officers from the area command.

It would be recalled that on Tuesday at about 330 pm, a Daily Post Correspondent in Warri, Omonigho Matthew was arrested by unknown police officers from Area Command in Warri without an offence.

The four journalists: Francis Sadhere, Edeki Edafe, Christopher Odamah and Onyeka Meluwa sent by the union to find out the cause of the arrest were further arrested and detained by the police.

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It took efforts of the Union having spoken with Delta State Commissioner of Police Mahammed Inuwa to release the journalists at about 11:45 Pm.

By the time members of the Union mobilised their members in a protest to area command Warri this morning, no police officer was seen neither the identity of the officers who came for action unknown at the time of filling in this report.

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