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NUJ Chairman Earlier Arrested by ‘Unknown Policemen’ Released

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Jude Johnson

The arrested chairman of Ebonyi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Tony Nwizi, who was reportedly arrested by Policemen from unidentified Command, regained his freedom

Nwizi was eventually confirmed to has been arrested by armed squad policemen from Enugu on the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Further information has it that a petition was written against Nwizi by some members of the Union, names withheld linking him with murder related offence.

News of his release broke on Saturday evening.

The Ebonyi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) had earlier called on IGP Mohammed Adamu to immediately effect the release of Comrade Nwizi.

Nwizi was reportedly whisked away by an armed police squad that stormed his residence in the state capital, Abakaliki, at about 6:30 a.m. today, Saturday, July 4, 2020.

The squad claimed to be acting on the directive of IGP Adamu over an undisclosed petition against the Ebonyi NUJ Chairman.

In a statement signed by the Vice Chairman of the Council, Comrade Benjamin Nworie, Ebonyi NUJ expressed dismay over the development, saying: “It’s worrisome and embarrassing as the sting operation was sketchy to the Ebonyi State Police Command, whose disposition to the incident when some members of the Union visited the command gave no hope on the true identity and purpose of the arrest.

“The unfortunate arrest of Comrade Tony Nwizi is highly condemnable and worsened by the fact that his arrest was shrouded by uncertainties as officers on duty at the Area command actually confirmed that the armed squad refused to identify themselves or present warrant of arrest.

“This ugly development fueled suspicion that it was a clear case of abduction.

“Ebonyi State Council of NUJ condemns the Gestapo arrest of our Chairman, Comrade Tony Nwizi, and therefore calls for his immediate release.”

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