Connect with us

Media

Nigerian Journalists beg Buhari to free 72-year old Publisher detained for 3 weeks

Published

on

Spread the love

Nigerian Journalists beg Buhari to free 72-year old Publisher detained for 3 weeks

Nigerian Journalists, under the auspices of Concerned Journalists Forum, have cried to President Muhammad Buhari, to intervene and set free, a 72-year old Oga Tom Uhia from the Police detention.

Pa. Uhia, a native of Benue State, has been under secret detention for 25 days, over a publication against the Honourable Minister of State for Power, Mr. Jeddy Agba in the July 2020 edition of his Power Steering Magazine.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Comrade Yemi Itodo, who spoke on behalf of the group, expressed concerns over the deteriorating health condition of the Septuagenarian, calling for his immediate release or arraignment.

Itodo also tackled the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Force Criminal Investigation & Intelligence Department (FCIID), Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, who is the immediate younger brother to the Minister’s mother, over the continuous detention of the Journalist.

“The only crime this Septuagenarian committed was that, as an investigative Journalist, he dared to uncover lots of frauds and alleged shady deals of a much younger Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jeddy Agba, while he was a top management member of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the last dispensation.

“Pa. Uhia was arrested and detained on the order of Mr. Agba. The Nigeria Union of Journalists, both national and FCT Council have visited the Honourable Minister repeatedly and pleaded that the old man be released or charged to court. But the Minister has refused to let him go.

“He is currently being held at the Force CIID, area 10 Garki Abuja, where the immediate younger brother to Mr. Jeddy Agba’s mother, Anthony Ogbizi is holding sway as the Deputy Inspector-General of Police”, Itodo said.

He added that, despite fulfilling the bail conditions stipulated by the Police, the publisher was still being held, even without having access to medical facilities.

He said, “at a time that Nigerians, all over the world are clamouring for a reform of the Nigeria Police Force, it is very appalling that the leadership of the Force is not ready to embrace civility or any form of reform.

“More appalling, too, is the hypocrisies of Nigerian government. Instead of learning from the ugly scenarios that engraved the whole of October 2020 across the country, the Nigerian government is still paying lip service to ending Police brutality. The government claimed it has ended SARS but the brutality and impunity of the Police remains unchecked”.

Itodo stressed that, “Journalism is the only profession that the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognizes. Ironically, the same Minister of State for Power who swore to an oath of allegiance to upholding the constitution and the DIG who is a child of the same constitution, would allow our law book, our dignified identity to be messed with”.

While calling on the Inspector-General of Police to rise to the occasion to redeeming the image of the Police Force, he should release Pa. Uhia immediately or charge him to court, Itodo said whatever publication the Journalist did was not worst a crime that he should be kept in detention till he dies.

“We also call on President Muhammad Buhari, to prevail on his Minister of State for Power, to let go of the Journalist, so as to reunite with his family. As the 4th estate of the realm, Journalists are partners in the business of governance and when they are given enabling environment to function, the government too will be better for it.

“The endless impunity and executive rascality on the part of government appointees and agents of government, does not in any way define good government”, Itodo added.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Media

Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigation

Published

on

By

Spread the love

Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigatigation

Zamfara State Government has threatened to institute a court action against Sahara Reporters over alleged libelous report against the state government and the personality of the Governor of Zamfara State Bello Muhammad Matawalle.

Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Nura Ibrahim Zarumi who issued the threat letter to the editor of the media outfit on Tuesday evening in Gusau, gave 7-day within which the management must publish a retraction and public apology on “your online publication and in two other national dailies”.

The commissioner warned that it will amount to “suspicious gamble” if the letter is threated with levity, adding that the state government would take every step necessary to fight the matter to it’s logical conclusion.

“It is our mandate to intimate you of this grievous breach on the image and hard-earned reputation of the state with patent collateral damage on its people,” the commissioner noted.

The letter further reads: “Be informed that the state has not only suffered an infinite loss of Goodwill but also confronted with unbearable disgrace from within, outside the state and across the globe as a result of your publication. The state is alive to it’s right both law and equity, but it disposed to afford you an opportunity to undo the evil you have already done by retracting the same unwholesome remarks on the same platform it was published and apologize in two other national dailies”.

“The whole scenario becomes bewildering after reading your publication and the description of the state is totally out of place and libelous.

“Having regard to your previous publications against the state government our state has come to the conclusion that your publication is both malicious and libelous.”

The Commissioner insisted that, the state government will swing to action if Sahara reporters refuse to act according to the instructions of the state on this very important issue.

Continue Reading

Media

Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

Published

on

By

Spread the love

Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

***As Leadership Alumni holds candle light for him

The good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

He urged the family to do whatever it takes to uphold it.
This was contained in a letter he wrote to the bereaved family. President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and my family, I sincerely express my condolence on the sudden transition of my friend and ally, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership newspapers.
“Indeed, Sam’s untimely passage filled me with shock and sadness to the point that I was short of words when the news reached me.”
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, delivered Buhari’s letter to the deceased’s younger brother, Abraham Nda-Isaiah.
This was coming just as Leadership Newspaper Alumni held an evening of tributes and a candle light in his honour at the NUJ, FCT council secretariat on Tuesday.

At the session session, he was described as a man of many paths and a bridge builder who had finished his course.


The chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, Comrade, Emmanuel Ogbeche described him as “A man, many Love to Hate and Hate to Love”
A former editor of the paper, Sadiq Abdullateef said he was more than a boss, but like a father and big brother to all Alumni.
“He taught us a lot about leadership and journalism, no amount of words or eulogies can appropriately describe what chairman meant to all of us.
“He made us what we are today, so we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to grow on this job.
“Personally, a few days before he died we spoke on the phone and a day before he died I missed his call and I have been asking myself what that conversation would have been.
“It so sad, we will continue to pray for him, his family and Leaderhip as an jnstitution.”
He said he edited the newspaper from 2012 to 2016 as the longest serving editor of the paper.

Continue Reading

Media

Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

Published

on

By

Spread the love

Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has charged, the Nigerian Mass Media on the need to educate the public on the ills of drug and substance abuse.
She made the call at a Media Orientation on National Awareness on Drugs and Substance Abuse held at Merit House, Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister described the Media as a major agent of socialization as well as a viable tool for disseminating information on the ills of drug and substance abuse.

“The role and importance of media as a viable tool for informing and educating people across groups and demographics especially on Drugs and substance abuse in our society cannot be over emphasized.
“As you are aware, substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate, deteriorating the health of nations, increasing crime, hampering productivity, destroying relationships, eroding social and moral values and impeding the overall progress of societies”.

Umar Farouq noted that young people were increasingly becoming victims of substance abuse, hence the urgent need for the mass media to propagate the disadvantages of the use of substances and hard drugs.

“The potential power of the mass media has helped in solving social problems. Television, radio and print advertising have been used overtime to influence our ideas, values and behaviour. “The continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality. “The effects of drug abuse is detrimental not only to the individual but to the society as a whole, therefore, the use of campaigns by the mass media to reduce health and other related social problems in the society is very critical.
“The potential of mass media campaigns lies in their ability to propagate simple and focused messages to large audiences repeatedly, over time, at a low cost per capita.
“It is also assumed that they are able to reach a large and heterogeneous proportion of the population”.

The Minister also urged the media to remain steadfast in the accurate reportage of helpful information that will promote peace and unity of the nation.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Bashir Nura Alkali reiterated the negative consequences of substance abuse on the society especially on youths.
Alkali who was represented by the Director Human Resource Management, Mr Abdulrahaman Babatunde Jaji urged the mass media to join hands in stamping out substance and drug abuse.

“The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by youths may result in family crises and jeopardize many aspects of family life, which sometimes result in family dysfunction.
“Therefore, the collaborative effort of all stakeholders is needed as no one alone can control it.
“The  problem is on the increase especially in the conflict zones of the country which is a serious threat to our national sanctity. Based on these findings, prevention advocates would look to the mass media as an important aid in addressing the problem of Drugs and Substance abuse”.
In her closing remark, the Director Social Development, Dr Dorothy Nwodo thanked the participants and other stakeholders for their contributions in ensuring a robust  awareness on drugs and substance abuse. She also implored  the media to keep up efforts towards projecting and actualizing the Ministry’s mandates.

Other participants at the Media Orientation on Awareness on Substance and Drug Abuse were representatives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Media.

Continue Reading

Trending