Monday, May 18, 2015

Abia chapel chairman condemns attack on journalists

Image result for Theodore Ahamefule OrjiThe Chairman of Aba Correspondents Cha­pel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Okechukwu Ukae­gbu, has condemned the re­cent threats to journalists in Abia State by some govern­ment officials, describing the development as unfortunate and unbecoming of men oc­cupying high public posi­tions.
Penultimate Sunday, the Chairman of Abia Warriors Football Club, Chief Emeka Inyama, was alleged to have, assaulted Mr. Hyacinth Ez­indu of the State Broadcast­ing Corporation, at a hotel in Umuahia, in the presence of journalists, who went for a post-match briefing, by hitting his head on the wall for, “un­der reporting” the activities of the club.
Ezindu was rushed to a private hospital in the capital city where he spent days on admission for the treatment of injuries he sustained from the alleged attack.
In another incident, Mr. Ijendu Iheaka, the Aba corre­spondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), was at about the same period, alleg­edly threatened by the Deputy General Manager, Aba zone of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA), Mr. Iyke Anyatonwu, for seeking his reaction over the huge refuse heaps littering major roads and streets of the city.
Iheaka, who had gone to honour Anyatonwu’s invita­tion said rather than react to his question, the ASEPA boss told him.
“You did not employ me. The man (referring to the governor), who employed me would have sacked me if he were not satisfied with my performance.
“So, get out of my car and go write whatever you want and nothing will happen, add­ing that he threatened to deal with him if he did not get out of his car.