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IPC flays attack of Ebonyi journalists, lauds NAWOJs’ plan to protest

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Mr. Nkemka Onuma

Ayodele Oni, Akure

The International Press Center,(IPC) has called for immediate investigation of attacks on journalists by State House of Assembly member representing Afikpo South-West, Mr. Nkemka Onuma, with men suspected to be thugs at the assembly complex.

According to the report, the incident happened after the screening of one of the commissioner nominees, which was fraught with irregularities, as the speaker, Francis Nwifuru, noticed that the year the nominee purportedly left primary school was not in sync with the year he started secondary school, according to his documents.

The suspected thugs reportedly assaulted Ogochukwu Anioke of The Nation newspaper, Samson Nwafor of Nigerian Pilot and Mrs. Grace Egbo of Tribune, who was pregnant.

After attacking the reporters, the thugs also held Anioke hostage inside the assembly premises, ordering the gateman to lock the gate as he made to drive out.

The director of IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade, in a statement decried the attacks and demanded that the lawmaker and those who perpetuated the callous and dastard act be brought to justice

He noted that the harassment of journalists and most especially the attack on the pregnant journalist is barbaric, an assault to democratic principles and also an escalating attack against press freedom that is being waged by tyrants in Nigeria

“It is laudable that NAWOJ plans to protest the attacks on the pregnant journalist, other media stakeholders and professional bodies should also  ensure that all relevant government authorities’ hands are on deck so that perpetrators are punished,” he added.

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