NUJ urges IGP to release her Chairman

By Mbam Ogodo, Abakaliki
Comrade Tony Nwizi
Comrade Tony Nwizi

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ebonyi state Council has called on the Inspector General of police to effect the immediate release of her Chairman, Comrade Tony Nwizi by the Nigeria police.

In a statement issued and signed by the Vice Chairman of Ebonyi Council, Mr Benjamin Nworie condemned in its entirety the way and manner the NUJ chairman was whisked away which amounts to violation of his fundamental human right.

The statement further said that the Council received a distress Call from the wife of chairman of the Council, Mrs Joy Tony Nwizi, that armed squad stormed their residence in Abakaliki at about 6:30 am on Saturday and whisked her Husband, Comrade Tony Nwizi away.

"The Council therefore notes with dismay that the gestapo arrest of the chairman in such brazen violation of his fundamental human rights is highly condemnable.

"It's more worrisome and embarrassing as the sting operation was skechy 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 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.

According to skechy information given by the Squad, the arrest was said to be a directive from the Inspector General of Police over an undisclosed petition against the Ebonyi NUJ chairman.

Ebonyi State Council of NUJ condemn the gestapo arrest of our chairman, comrade Tony Nwizi and therefore call for his immediate release.