Globalupfront Newspaper editor Madu Onuorah arrested in Abuja

Globalupfront Newspaper editor Madu Onuorah

The police have arrested publisher and editor-in-chief of the Globalupfront Newspaper Madu Onuorah.

A statement by the management of the online newspaper on Thursday said Mr Onuorah was taken away when 10 policemen stormed his residence around 6pm on Wednesday in Lugbe, Abuja in two Sienna buses.

The statement said, “He was arrested in the presence of his wife and children who fruitlessly demanded from the police why they were arresting the head of the family.

“The police have seized Mr. Onuorah’s phones, thereby completely cutting him off from communication with people, including his family members.

“He was not even allowed to contact his lawyer or any of his relations before he was whisked away to the Lugbe police station by the stern looking operatives.”

The statement added that to ensure Onuorah did not get attention or bail, the policemen who arrested him, though not of the Lugbe Police Station, simply dumped him at the station and left no traces for friends and family members to reach them.

Making its demands, the management said, “The Police should release Mr. Madu Onuorah immediately and unconditionally.

“That Mr. Onuorah is an experienced Journalist, former Abuja Bureau Chief of The Guardian Newspaper, former Managing-Director of The AUTHORITY Newspaper, who operates within the ambit of the law.

“That anybody who has any issue against Mr. Onuorah should approach the law court and not turn the Nigerian Police into a Gestapo outfit that bullies a man in the presence of his wife and children.

“That any second Mr. Onuorah spends in police custody constitutes a serious infringement against his fundamental rights and a continuation of the assault on freedom of expression that has become frequent occurrence in Nigeria recently.”