IPOB berates Umahi over persecution of journalists

Posted by News Express | 23 April 2020 | 719 times

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the incessant harassment, humiliation and arrest of journalists carrying out their legitimate duties in Ebonyi State.

In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group accused the state Governor, Engr Dave Umahi, of harassing and giving threatening messages to journalists practicing in the state for their insistence in exposing the ills in the state through their factual reports.

It reeled out the reports to include the ongoing genocides and unprovoked attacks against hapless Ebonyi people by Fulani herdsmen, terrorists, and security operatives.

The statement read in part: "The attention of the great family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide has been drawn to the incessant harrassement, humiliation and arrest of innocent journalists in Ebonyi State since the beginning of this year 2020 by Dave Umahi.

Governor Umahi and his foot soldiers in Abakiliki Government House have never hidden their sympathy for the Fulani cabals behind the mass atrocities in Biafra land including Ebonyi State just because of his selfish political ambition.

“It’s no longer in doubt that Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and his co-conspirators have been strategically supporting the humiliation and killing of Ebonyi people since he took office in 2015. Under Governor Umahi's watch in Ebonyi State, journalists who believe in reporting truths are no longer safe.

“In the last four days, Governor Umahi has ordered the arrest of Sun Newspaper's Correspondent in Ebonyi state, Mr. Chijioke Agwu. Not done yet, just yesterday, Tuesday April 21, 2020, the LGA Chairman in Ebonyi state who was acting on the instructions of Umahi, ordered the arrest of Mr. Peter Okutu, Vanguard Newspaper's Correspondent in the state. These journalists committed no crime other than exposing the atrocities of terrorists and security agents against innocent Biafrans in Ebonyi State.”

IPOB expressed its desire to put the world on notice how the Governor is conniving with the enemies to suppress his own people.

It reminded Umahi that it has been watching and monitoring his actions, saying that his recent antics to arrest innocent journalists for reporting the truth will not go unpunished.

IPOB wondered why the Governor would turn a blind eye during Fulani herdsmen invasion of the state, as well as soldiers' and police killing of innocent people in his state only to resort to intimidation and arrest of innocent journalists for reporting the truth.

“We advise Umahi and his agents to retrace their steps because on the day of reckoning, their slave masters in Abuja and Sokoto cannot save them.

“Governor Umahi must stop his infamous clamp down on innocent journalists because they committed no crime against his government.

“It is the right and duty of journalists as the watch dog of society, to expose atrocities of both criminals and state actors for the good of all. IPOB will no longer tolerate intimidation, humiliation and arrest of innocent Biafrans, including journalists and others residents, for no just cause,” IPOB said.





Source: News Express

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