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  • Updated: May 23, 2024

Police arrest another journalist in Abuja

Police arrest another journalist in Abuja

A Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Globalupfront Newspaper (Online), Madu Onuorah, was arrested by the Nigerian Police Force around 6 pm on Wednesday.

It was gathered that approximately ten fully-armed police officers arrived at Onuorah’s residence in Lugbe, Abuja, in two Sienna buses.

He was arrested in front of his wife and children, who demanded an explanation from the police but received none.

The police confiscated Mr. Onuorah’s phones, cutting off his communication with others, including his family.

He was not allowed to contact his lawyer or any relatives before being taken to the Lugbe police station by the stern-looking officers.

In an attempt to prevent Mr. Onuorah from receiving attention or bail, the officers who arrested him—though not affiliated with the Lugbe Police Station—left him there without providing contact information for friends and family.

The management of Globalupfront Newspapers has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Madu Onuorah.

The management pointed out that Onuorah, who has worked in reputable newspapers such as being the former Abuja Bureau Chief of The Guardian Newspaper, and former Managing-Director of The AUTHORITY Newspaper, has been operating operates within the ambit of the law.

“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,” the newspapers said in a statement made available to journalists on Thursday in Abuja.

“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 paper noted.

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