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Lawyer threatens to sue over Abuja editor's arrest

17 July 2014, 08:39Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Police in Abuja have reportedly arrested a magazine editor after his publication ran an article said to have indicted former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan, of certificate forgery.

Editor-in -Chief of Power Steering Magazine, Tom Uhia, was arrested over the publication.

Uhia's lawyer, Alex Oketa, said his client had gone to the police station to honor an invitation but had since been arrested and detained on the order of the Inspector General of Police.

He said tall efforts by his law firm and a team of fellow journalists from Abuja to have him released on bail proved abortive.

Uhia said he would resort to legal action to ensure that his client was released from the police detention.

"We have commenced legal steps to enforce his unconditional release we believe from the available facts that our client’s arrest and detention is malicious, reckless and patently illegal. Suswam has cleverly avoided the pertinent question on how he secured admission to study law without a credit pass in English Language," Uhia said.

"All persons involved in the despicable act including the Inspector General of Police and Suswam should expect an aggravated legal reprisal. This is our country and it must not be made a police state," he said.  

- CAJ News

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