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Saturday, March 03, 2018

NUJ demands unconditional release of Tony Ezimakor

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for the unconditional release of detained Journalist Tony Ezimakor, the Abuja Bureau Chief of The Independent Newspapers, reports ITRealms.

Ezimakor, ITRealms gathered has been in the custody of the Department of State Security for since Tuesday, February 28, 2018. 

The National Secretary, NUJ, Shuaibu Usman Leman in a press statement made available to ITRealms, said the national body is joining other well-meaning Nigerian stakeholders to demand the release of Mr. Ezimakor, moreso unconditionally too.

He pointed out that NUJ and other well-meaning stakeholders had earlier engaged some highly placed Government officials to secure the release of the Journalist who is suffering from hypertension but to no avail.

“We are worried that his health will continue to deteriorate under the condition that he is being held,” he said.. 

Therefore, NUJ, insisted that the authorities must immediately release Tony Ezimakor and permit Journalists in the country to operate without fear of arrest.

“The Muhammad Buhari’s Government should seize the opportunity to end such blatant attempts to intimidate journalists and make press freedom a priority for the administration,” he said.

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