The Idoma League of Editors, ILE, has strongly condemned in its entirety the arrest of an activist, Okwori Onaji, for allegedly organizing a press convention to query the actions of miners in Owukpa, a suburb of Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State.
Onaji was arrested on Wednesday in Owukpa throughout a press convention to convey to the world’s consideration the environmental degradation brought on by the actions of miners in Owukpa.
Some leaders of the Owukpa Improvement Affiliation who weren't completely satisfied together with his choice, invited the police to arrest him and different agitators.
The League stated it views the arrest of the lead protester, Onaji as unlawful and in opposition to his basic human.
ILE, in a press release by its Secretary, Yemi Itodo, stated findings have proven that related safety businesses have been rightly briefed and knowledgeable earlier than the press convention was organized.
He stated, “Those that illegally masterminded the arrest of Onaji claimed he was with AK-47 however failed to supply the image of the weapon, the protest banners and the contents therein, in addition to the destructions brought on by the stated protest.”
ILE described their motion as unconstitutional and a breach of basic human rights.
“This physique strongly warns elders and leaders attempting to gag the press from reporting the environmental degradation ensuing from the mining actions in Owukpa to desist because the fourth property of the realm can't be canned by any egocentric group or people.”
The physique, due to this fact, referred to as for instant and unconditional launch of Onaji and people arrested with him through the press convention.
It stated the these behind the arrest and detention ought to tender unreserved apology to the victims.
The assertion additional referred to as on the Inspector Basic of Police, the Benue State Commissioner of Police and the Chief Safety officer of the state, His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom to name the Orokam Division of the Power to wade Into matter.
“Owukpa and by extension, Idoma land belong to each son and daughter of the land and as such each citizen can demand for accountability over the pure assets endowed on the land,” he added.
It additional suggested the these behind his arrest to not be too afraid of the press if they'll truly come clear with an evidence on what is going on in the neighborhood.