Journalist’s Detention: NUJ berates IGP, Minister of State Power
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has described as abuse of power the arrest and detention of Mr. Tom Oga Uhia, publisher of Power Steering magazine by the police.
Uhia was arrested Wednesday night in a Gestapo manner by the men of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, (FCID) Abuja on the instructions of the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Godwin Jeddy Agba.
In a statement on Friday by Chairman and Secretary of the NUJ FCT Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, respectively, the union noted that if the minister believes he has been either defamed or suffered libel, he should seek judicial remedy through the courts rather than resorting to abuse of power and privilege using the police.
“It is obvious that recent events are not enough lessons to officials in power that there is always a day of reckoning. If the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Godwin Jeddy Agba feels strongly that he has suffered libel or defamation, what he ought to do is to seek legal remedy through the courts rather than using the police to arrest and detain Uhia, for over 72 hours without being charged to court,” the statement said.
“The NUJ FCT is not unaware of serious security challenges facing the country and urges the Inspector General of Police to channel valuable time and energy in confronting these issues including the growing nationwide protests against police harassment, brutality and impunity rather than arresting and detaining a journalist without being charged to court after 72 hours.
“We call on the IGP to unconditionally release Mr. Uhia and advice Mr. Jeddy Agba to follow the due process of the law if he is persuaded he has any case.
“The NUJ will resist any attempt to stifle press freedom and gag journalists in the performance of their constitutional role of holding government and its officials accountable to the people,” the statement added.
According to the statement, the union will continue to forensically x-ray the activities of government officials and in particular those who believe they can use their positions to intimidate, harass, arrest and detain journalists for reporting on them.
Aregbesola challenges paramilitary agencies to be proactive on grassroots intelligence against insecurity
Paramilitary agencies under the Ministry of Interior have been given the marching order to up their ante in intelligence gathering especially in the grassroots and border communities to combat rising insecurity.
The minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, gave the charge during the decoration of senior personnel of the agencies from the ranks of Assistant Controller-Generals, Comptroller-Generals and Commandant-General, (ACGs), to the ranks of Deputy Controller-General, Comptroller-Generals and Commandant-Generals, (DCGs), held in Abuja, yesterday.
Intelligence gathering the minister said is instructive and expedient as key ingredients in tackling the security challenges facing the country at moment.
Hence he said the need for the renewed efforts at gathering relevant information, especially at the grassroots is now.
He said “Whenever there is a national discussion on internal security, the interior ministry shiuld be at the centre of it. “Therefore we must maximize grassroots penetration for intelligence gathering.
“At the centre of this grassroots penetration is the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, (NSCDC)because they are well-positioned in our communities and among civilians.”
The minister who said that it is difficult to believe that kidnappers and bandits are able to successfully move large numbers of people into the bushes without anyone noticing, also called on the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), to protect and guard the territorial integrity of Nigeria’s borders.
He further reiterated that the Nigeria Correctional Service has been declared a red zone and all who threaten to break in or out of the prisons are considered as security threats and would be ruthlessly dealt with.
The chairman of the board of the agencies, Mrs. Aisha Ahmed, in her remarks said the promotion process was rigorous and only those that merited the ranks, were promoted.
Eight officers were promoted across the agencies; four DCGs in immigration, three DCGs in corrections service and one DCG in the NSCDC.
Kogi police Commissioner denies knowledge of any ransome paid for release of abducted council boss
The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Edeh has said he is not aware any ransome was paid to secure the release of Hon. Pius Kolawole, Yagba West Council Chairman who wad abducted at the weekend.
He spoke while confirming his release.
CP Edeh said the Council Chairman regained his freedom through the combined efforts of the Police other sister agencies, hunters and vigilant men.
According to him, technology was deployed in the rescue operation as well as unrelenting pressure mounted through continued search in the forests.
Edeh indicated that the search which commenced on Saturday, saw his men and the team working round the clock until the Chairman was rescued.
He added that, ” I’m however not in the picture of any ransom payment.
The abducted Council Chairman of Yagba West LGA in Kogi State, Hon. Pius Kolawole regained his freedom from his abductors Wednesday
He was abducted on Saturday evening while returning to Kogi State from Ilorin, Kwara State.
A family source said the Chairman was welcomed and received by jubilant supporters and Family members in his hometown Egbe.
The Council Chairman it was gathered is hale and hearty and has reunited with his family and terming supporters.
Pro- Buhari group threatens to expose Govs, others who sponsor insecurity, banditry
A pro Buhari group, #ISTANDWITTBUHARI has threatened to name all the Governors, other sponsors of violent campaigns that are bent on bringing down President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government and cause ethnic war.
The group gave one month ultimatum within which they expect such evil people to refrain from their activities of causing insecurity in the country or face outright exposure.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja spokesperson of the group honorable Ifeanyi Nonso Ogadimma claimed the group have in their possession some classified information on details of some of the plans put in place by members of the opposition to further politicize the security situation in the country so as to score cheap political goals.
“We also have a list of their names from state governors down to political influencers, youth organizations and clandestine organizations under their payroll through which they wish to unleash more terror in some volatile states especially in the south.”
Ogadinma said have their identity as well as theur residential addresses down to their villages.
“We are therefore giving you until the end of the month the opportunity to immediately disband your private militia groups and henceforth discontinue your sponsorship of banditry and terrorism in Nigeria
“If you refuse to immediately arrest the situation in your respective areas by the end of the month, we will not only expose your identities to the world but also embark in mass action against you in your respective locations.”
Ogadimma said that they would have gone public with the information in their possession but for the security agencies working on it.
The group which stands with Buhari said they will wait till the end of month to take action.
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