Akwa Ibom Deputy Gov Arrests Journalists Over Publication Against Him [Photo]


According to Akata Akwa Ibom, a social media page, an Editor of The Ink Newspaper, Nsibiet John was yesterday morning, arrested in connection with his publication against Akwa Ibom deputy governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo aka Uncle Mo.

L-R: Deputy governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo & Nsibiet John

The social media page further wrote the followings:

The Editor of The Ink Newspaper, Nsibiet John was arrested this morning. The arrest of Nsibiet is in connection with his publication against uncle Mo.

Uncle Mo had written a petition to the police against Nsibiet. The police is detaining anyone who reveals to be working with him. Emmanuel AKpan, the Deputy Editor whom I called to inform of Nsibiet’s arrest had gone to the station to see his boss and has been detained too).

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They’ve asked him to make his statement on criminal defamation. They arrogantly refuse the presence of his lawyer. And have even started manhandling him.

They intend to raid his office from here. Deputy gov is on his way to Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia right now.

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Contrary to that, the Nigerian Union of Journalists has released a statement, read below:

The attention of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council has been drawn to the arrest and detention of the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of The Ink Newspaper, Mr Nsibiet John and his editor, Mr. Emmanuel Akpan, today, Thursday, January 5, 2017 by the Nigerian Police Force, Akwa Ibom State Command, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo.

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We have accordingly commenced investigations into the reasons of their arrest and wish to appeal to the State Police Command to give us the needed cooperation in this regard and also to have unmitigated access to them by the leadership of NUJ, their families and lawyers.

In the light of this, we urge the police to respect the fundamental rights of the journalists and to follow due diligence on the issues necessitating their arrest and detention.

Needless to remind the Police to be guided by the fact that suspects cannot be detained beyond 24 hours and if they have sufficient evidence, a formal trial should take its course immediately and bail granted accordingly.

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Comrade Amos Etuk
State Secretary


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