Lagos - Some youth organisations have denounced the reported assault of a media professional by Imo State Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Uche Nwosu, and his alleged thugs.
The victim, Greg Okey Nwadike, was reportedly brutalised to a state of coma after he was accused of being sponsored by People’s Democratic Party to riot against the government of Imo State while covering a student protest in the state.
The Youths for Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YRPTI) and the Youths Against Human Rights Violation And Corrupt Practices (YAHVCP) condemn the assault as “barbaric” and “provocative.”
“The beating up of Journalists and detaining of Activists in Imo is part of the despotic measures of corrupt Governor (Rochas) Okorocha aimed at suppressing the people’s right to speak against, protest and resist his mindless looting of the state and his anti-poor policies. This characteristic despotism of the Imo State governor confirms his lack of commitment to genuine democratic culture,” the organisations said in statement jointly signed by Kenneth Uwadi, President of YRPTI, and Amaka Didanda, General Secretary of YAHVCP.Also Read: Ihedioha gets Diaspora backing for Imo seat
“The Imo State governor has become so panic and grown goose pimples over the inevitable mass backlash against his mindless looting of the Imo treasury. This is why, beside the unjust arrest and unlawful detention of anti corruption activists in the State, he has resorted to tagging them all sorts of names so as to jail and silence them. We condemn in strong terms the insensitive and utterly inhuman acts of brutality and intimidation of journalists and activists in Imo.”
The groups said the alleged same lawlessness was seen in the continued detention of another journalist, Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha.
Iwuoha has been in prison since June last year.
“His crime is that he spoke against the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Rt Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu who vowed that he (Iwuoha) will rot in jail. Yet this same Uwajumogu is contesting for the Okigwe Senatorial seat in the February 14th election. We wonder what manner of representation he will give to the people of Okigwe zone,” the youth groups said.
They called on investigations to be instituted into the assault of Nwadike.
“We call for the trial of all the men and women who partook in the assault on Greg Nwadike, including the Commissioner who ordered the action. We urge all labour centres, NUJ and pro-democracy groups to fight against human rights violation in Imo.”
- CAJ News