The Imo council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has demanded a full investigation into Monday’s arrest of newspaper vendors and distributors in Owerri by security operatives.
The council’s request is contained in a statement in Owerri, co-signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Chris Akaronye and Juliet Dim.
It decried the “gestapo” manner in the arrest was carried out, allegedly by the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police.
It stated that its investigation revealed that the state Police Command and Directorate of State Services (DSS) in Imo had no prior knowledge about the arrest.
It, therefore, described as embarrassing the invasion of the state and arbitrary arrest of innocent residents, doing their legitimate businesses, by security personnel without differing to the appropriate security agencies and state government.
It opined that measures should be taken to quell rather than aggravate the current tension in the…
Source: Guardian Newspaper