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LAGOS NUJ BOSS MAKES CASE FOR DETAINED JOURNALIST
« on: March 21, 2009, 10:52:33 AM »
President Umar Musa Yar? Adua and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, have been urged to urgently intervene in the case of unlawful arrest of Akin Orimolade, a reporter with the National Life Newspaper, who was abducted in Lagos and whisked away to Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, on Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

In a press statement, chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos state council, Comrade Wahaab Alabi Oba, who is also a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming Triennial Delegates? Conference of the Union, condemned the arrest and noted that it is capable of pitching government against the media.

Orimolade allegedly authored a report purportedly unsatisfactory to the Bayelsa state governor, Timipre Sylva and as a result, was tricked to come and collect advert for his media organization when he was ?arrested? and detained.

According to Oba, rather than resorting to gangster tactics in carrying out its lawful duties, the police should have properly invited Orimolade, "it is only when he refuses to honour such invitation that he could be arrested.

"Such arrest is indicative of incivility on the part of Nigerian police and it is also at variance with the stated stand of President Yar? Adua, who promised to entrench rule of law in our body polity," he stated.

Oba bemoaned the continuous detention of Orimolade, who has been in police custody for five days without being charged to court, adding that "since the court is last arbiter between aggrieved persons, Orimolade should either be produced in court or be released as a matter of urgency."

While imploring the police IG to take proactive step in correcting the anomaly, he advised that the police should not allow itself to be used to infringe on the rights of the citizenry, whom they are to protect.

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LAGOS NUJ BOSS MAKES CASE FOR DETAINED JOURNALIST
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