Journalists in Abia State Tuesday narrated how Nigerian soldiers invaded the Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Umuahia, Abia State, smashing computers, cameras, phones and other items.
This is coming as the Abia State government declared a dusk to dawn curfew in the state following the invasion of the state by soldiers, who have laid siege to the residence of the leader of the Indigenous of People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in Umuahia.
The development is the fall out of a larger invasion of the South East Zone by the Nigerian military.
Chairman of the council, John Emejor, said a national officer of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) was slapped by one of the soldiers.
Emejor lamented the attack by the soldiers saying that a National officer of the Union, Ezeogo Bonny Okoro was slapped by one of the Soldiers.
He said: “Our press centre was invaded by soldiers, two Journalists lost their IPads and phones, while a national leader in the office was attacked.
“Our stand is that those involved in this attack on innocent Journalists should be fished out and punished in line with the constitution of the Country.”
The spokesman for the 14 Brigade in Abia state, Major Oyegoke Gbadamasi said the Commander of the 14 Brigade and the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations at the 82 Division in Enugu promptly waded into the matter after the invasion and resolved amicably with the NUJ.
He said in terse statement that, “what happened was that while the soldiers on patrol near the Abia State NUJ Secretariat, they noticed some people filming them. Unfortunately, they seized and damaged their recording devices; an iPad and 2 mobile phones.
“Preliminary investigation shows that the items belongs to journalists on their legitimate duties. Consequently, the Commander 14 Brigade and Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division waded into the matter which has since been resolved amicably.
“In addition, the soldiers involved will face disciplinary action.”