Nigerian Journalists beg Buhari to free 72-year old Publisher detained for 3 weeks


Nigerian Journalists, under the auspices of Concerned Journalists Forum, have cried to President Muhammad Buhari, to intervene and set free, a 72-year old Oga Tom Uhia from the Police detention.

Pa. Uhia, a native of Benue State, has been under secret detention for 25 days, over a publication against the Honourable Minister of State for Power, Mr. Jeddy Agba in the July 2020 edition of his Power Steering Magazine.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Comrade Yemi Itodo, who spoke on behalf of the group, expressed worries over the deteriorating health condition of the Septuagenarian, calling for his immediate release or arraignment.

Itodo also tackled the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Force Criminal Investigation & Intelligence Department (FCIID), Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, who is the immediate younger brother to the Minister’s mother, over the continuous detention of the Journalist.

“The only crime this Septuagenarian committed was that, as an investigative Journalist, he dared to uncover a lot of fraud and alleged shady deals of a much younger Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jeddy Agba, while he was a top management member of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the last dispensation.

“Pa. Uhia was arrested and being detained on the order of Mr. Agba. The Nigeria Union of Journalists, both national and FCT Council have visited the Honourable Minister repeatedly and pleaded that the old man should be released or charged to court. But the Minister has refused to let go.

“He is currently being held at the Force CIID, area 10 Garki Abuja, where the immediate younger brother to Mr. Jeddy Agba’s mother, Anthony Ogbizi is holding sway as the Deputy Inspector-General of Police”, Itodo said.