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MRA Urges FG to End Illegal Arrest Of Journalists by Police, Others

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged the Federal Government, particularly the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation as well as the Inspector-General of Police, to end the culture of impunity for the repeated violation of constitutionally protected rights by the Police and other security and law enforcement agencies.

In a statement condemning the actions of the Police, MRA’s Programme Officer, Ms. Esther Adeniyi also said all those responsible for the journalist’s unlawful and unconstitutional arrest and detention should be held accountable.

The statement released on Friday condemned as appalling and unacceptable, Wednesday’s abduction of Mr. Madu Onuorah, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the independent online news outlet, Global Upfront newspaper, by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force for allegedly defaming a Reverend Sister based in the United States.

Although Mr. Onuorah has now been released, the MRA observed that the Nigeria Police has progressively become a “gun for hire” at the disposal of rich or powerful individuals or organisations who wish to silence journalists or to punish them for critical reporting

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