Police arrest Akwa Ibom newspaper distributor
Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force Akwa State Command arrested Chidi Nadiubia, a distributor of newspapers, on Friday and took him into custody at Ikot Akpan Abia headquarters allegedly under orders from the state government.
According to reports, Ngadiubia was taken to his distribution point at No 15. Asutan Street, where was also located The PUNCH newspaper office.
Officers were thought to be following Mr. Ifreke Nawo, the Mail newspaper publisher over alleged offensive publications.
According to the report, a female caller tricked a publisher by telling him she had an advertisement that would be published in his paper.
According to the source, the caller was asked by the newspaper distributor to drop off the advertising materials for later pickup.
They arrested Ngadiubia at the distribution point and took him to Ikot Akpanabia in Uyo. He was reportedly told to produce the publisher, or he would face the law for connivance.
Recall that the local tabloid in the state had reported the plot to arrest the publisher over certain publications related to the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Umo Uno’s alleged certificate forgery scandal.
Meanwhile, the Federated Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists has condemned in strong terms the manner in which journalists were being hounded in the state.
The Chairman of the chapel, Mr. Nsibiet John, in a statement, described the development as “wicked, callous, ungodly, satanic and a fresh attempt to violently violate all known rules of democracy and free press.”
He said the arrest of Ngadiubia in place of Nseowo has also raised fresh concerns as the NUJ in Akwa Ibom State had reiterated its opposition to the victimization of journalists.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon promised to resolve the issue and called on journalists to practice their profession within the ambit of the law and respect other people’s views.