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CDHR Condemns Attempt By Police To Arrest Online Publisher Over Story On Afe Babalola University

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The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has  condemned the intimidation, harassment and threat to arrest Mr. Adumonza Isiahomhen, an Online journalist and Publisher of OpenLife, by police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department of Ekiti State Police Command.

The attempted nvasion of Mr. Idumonza’s Office at Plot 7, Ilapo Estate, opposite AIT Alagbado, Lagos, on Friday 3 September, 2021 by police officers from Ado-Ekiti, allegedly was as a result of a story originated from an anonymous parent of a student of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, titled: “Afe Babalola University in Rumbles as Parents Complain of Fraud”, published on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

The invasion, CDHR said was a clear manifestation of the violation of the journalist’s constitutionally guaranteed rights to privacy and freedom of expression by the officers of the Nigeria Police.

According to CDHR, on Friday, 3 September, 2021 the police officers claim to be in possession of a petition but refused to inform the journalist who the petitioner is and they refused to avail him with a copy of the petition.

“Apparently, the officers were determined to get the journalist arrested this weekend. Thus, without provocation and without justification, they had apparently attempted to invade the Lagos office of the Online journalist in search of him for his arrest, CDHR said in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Henry Ekine,

It described the attempted invasion and unjustified threat of arrest of Comrade Idumonza as not only reckless but insensitive and callous.

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