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I-CSPJ Calls For Immediate Release Of Globalupfront Editor-In-Chief 

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By Sani Yarima 

IPC’s Centre for the Safety and Protection of Journalists (I-CSPJ), Lagos-Nigeria has called for the immediate release of Globalupfront Editor-in-Chief, Madu Onuorah from the security operatives.

In a statement signed and released to newsmen by Melody Akinjiyan, Press Freedom Officer, IPC said Onuorah was whisked away by men of the Nigerian Police Force at about 6 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at his residence in Lugbe, FCT Abuja.

Information reaching, I-CSPJ reveals that “About ten fully-armed policemen stormed his residence in Lugbe, Abuja, in two Sienna buses.”

“He was arrested in the presence of his wife and children who fruitlessly demanded from the police why they were arresting the head of the family. 

He was not even allowed to contact his lawyer or any of his relations before he was whisked away to the Lugbe police station,” the report revealed.

IPC’s Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade said: “The media once again is under attack. The rate at which journalists and media practitioners are being arrested is alarming and should be of serious concern to all.”

“Anybody who has an issue against Madu Onuorah should approach the court of justice and not use the Police to unlawfully infringe his fundamental rights,” Arogundade further said.

Additionally, I-CSPJ called on the Inspector General of Police to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Madu Onuorah, who at the time of drafting this statement had not been released or charged to court.

I-CSPJ further called on other national, regional, and international media freedom groups, freedom of expression organizations, and human rights bodies to join in the clamor for a free press in Nigeria.

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