…Demands his immediate release.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called for the immediate release of a Nigerian journalist, Tom Oga, who has been in detention for 15 days without trial.
The CNPP in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, expressed dismay that Nigerian government is paying lip service to police reform, even when the police continue to perpetrate detention of citizens indefinitely and unjustly without trial.
CNPP, in a statement made available to our correspondent Sunday, strongly condemned the detention without trial of the Nigerian journalist and publisher of Power Steering magazine, Tom Ohia Oga, since October 13, 2020, at a time Nigerians are clamouring for police reform.
“The journalist and publisher of Power Steering Magazine, sadly, has been abandoned in police facility since his arrest at about 5pm on the said date by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force on the orders of Jeddy Agba, Minister of State for Power, over an alleged defamatory news report.
“The CNPP is amazed that this onslaught against the journalism profession – and a slap on the rule of law – by appointee of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has assured of his preparedness to reform the Nigeria Police Force, is happening.
“We call the attention of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to this obvious abuse of executive powers, using the Nigerian Police.
“If the minister has any issues with any publication by any journalist, the courts are there to seek redress.
“The CNPP is already compiling allegations of corruption against the minister, which will be made public soon,” CNPP said.