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Police Arrest Newspaper Distributor In Akwa Ibom

Police Arrest Newspaper Distributor In Akwa Ibom

Police Arrest Newspaper Distributor In Akwa Ibom

Police Arrest Newspaper Distributor In Akwa Ibom

On Friday, Mr. Chidi Ngadiubia, a newspaper distributor, was detained in Ikot-Akpan Abia by agents of the Nigerian Police Force’s Akwa State command, purportedly under the direction of the State government.

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According to reports, Ngadiubia was apprehended by agents who were on their way to arrest Mr. Ifreke Nseowo, editor of the Mail newspaper, for allegedly publishing inflammatory material, at his distribution center.

The publisher, who had been on the run, had allegedly been duped by a female caller who claimed to have an advertisement for him that would appear in his newspaper.

The source added that the caller was referred to drop the advertisement materials with the newspaper distributor to be picked up at a later date.

Police Arrest Newspaper Distributor In Akwa Ibom

But on arrival at Mr. Ngaduibia’s distribution point, they arrested and dragged him to the Police Headquarters Ikot Akpanabia, in Uyo, the state capital, and asked him to produce the publisher, else he will be made to face the wrath for connivance.

Recalled that the plot to arrest the publisher had been widely reported by other local tabloids in the state, who had alleged that the State government is not happy with certain publications of the newspaper as it relates to the PDP candidate Umo Uno’s alleged certificate forgery scandal.

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Meanwhile, Federated Chapel of which Ifreke Nseowo is a member has condemned in strong terms the manner in which journalists are being hounded in the state.

The Chairman of the chapel, Mr. Nsibiet John, in a statement, described the development as “wicked, callous, ungodly, satanic and a fresh attempt to violently violate all known rules of democracy and free press.”

Police Arrest Newspaper Distributor In Akwa Ibom

He said the arrest of Chidi in place of The Mail Publisher has also raised fresh concerns as the NUJ in Akwa Ibom State had reiterated its stance of not allowing any of her members to be victimized and hounded by any individual, group, or institution.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, while responding to the development said that the State NUJ chairman, Mr. Emos Etuk, had already called his attention to the matter.

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While pledging that the command would invite the parties involved for amicable resolutions, he called on journalists to practice the profession within the ambit of the law and respect other people’s views

He said, “I have been called by the NUJ Chairman on this not long ago. We need more details on this. We will stand for the truth as an institution. We are committed to serving the good people of this state.

Police Arrest Newspaper Distributor In Akwa Ibom

“We wish to call on our amiable Members of the Fourth Estate of the Realms to practice their profession within the ambits of the law and respect other people’s views and rights.

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Let those concerns reach me for us to find the truth and create a level playing ground for all.”


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