Overzealous Taskforce Officials Torture Delta NUJ Chairman, One Other

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    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    The state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and another journalist was tortured by overzealous taskforce officials  in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta state.

    AUTHENTIC NEWS DAILY  gathered that the Taskforce on Environment attacked and assaulted the State Chairman of the NUJ, Delta Council. Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and another journalist. Matthew Omonigho.

    The journalists were monitoring the level of compliance on the “Social distance” order of Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa with respect to the Corona-Virus pandemic when the taskforce attached them at Otiotio Street in Uvwie Local Government Area.

    The NUJ Chairman had approached the Environment Officials who had forced residents of Otiotio Street out of their houses to come out for environmental sanitation against the “Stay at home” order of the governor.

    But the Environment Officials led by Kingsley Iweka ordered his team who were over twenty in number to pounce on the NUJ Chairman and the Daily Post Correspondent just as destroyed his Nikon D3100 photo-camera.

    The Environmental  Taskforce Officials also held the NUJ Chairman and his colleague hostage for over 45minutes.

    it took the swift intervention of the State Chairman of the Environment Taskforce, Mr. Syvelster Oromoni to calm the nerves of his overzealous Officers through a telephone call.

    In a chat with Our Correspondent, Comrade Ikeogwu said “the lives of Journalists are not safe in the State”.

    “I wondered what will become of the ordinary man in the society if Government Officials could attack and assault me and my colleague even after identifying ourselves as the number one Journalist in the State”.

    “The incident is uncalled for, unwarranted and condemnable, i wondered why the taskforce would be working in contravention to the order of Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa.

    “Today is not environmental sanitation. Why should a taskforce constituted for environmental sanitation come out on a day that people were asked to stay at home to enforce environmental sanition?

    ” Their order was further endangering the lives of the people as it contravenes the social order of the Governor. That. Was why I intervened to stop them from what they were doing. But they claimed that the order was from their Chairman.

    “I am disappointed in the attitude of the leader of the team having after introduced myself to him he ordered his boys to attack me and my colleague. I wish to call on the State Governor to look into this matter because many people will fall victim of this before the end of the lockdown order.

    “It was the residents of the area who called us to come and see what is happening. How they were being forced to come and do environmental sanitation. However, I thank God it didn’t go beyond that. I will go and treat myself because I was attacked.”

    Residents of the area who spoke after the altercation between the NUJ Chairman and the Taskforce condemned the acts.

    They said, “it was not environmental day just as they wondered why they were forced to come out for sanitation.

    One of the resident simply identified as Mohammed said, ”We were forced out of our houses. If you say No, they will beat and arrest you. That’s why I came out like other people for this sanitation.“

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