Rights group petitions IGP over alleged attack on a journalist in Ebonyi-By Reginald Okoro

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Mr Paul Okah

The Human Rights Defenders (HURIDE), a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to open investigation into a fresh attack allegedly carried out on a journalist in Ebonyi.

Mr Paul Okah, a journalist with the Blue Print Newspaper and Editor-in-Chief of Glonatnewsonline, a popular online platform was allegedly attacked by persons believed to be supporters of a popular PDP politician in Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi.

HURIDE made the appeal in a petition to the IGP signed by Mr Sam Nweke its state chairman, and made available to SummitNews in Abakaliki on Monday.

Our Correspondent reports that the attack was coming barely a month Mr Edward Nnachi, Punch newspaper correspondent in Ebonyi was allegedly attacked by a man who claimed to be a personnel of the Ebonyi State Neighborhood Watch in Abakaliki.

According to Nweke, the incident happened on Aug 23 in Afikpo, at the home of Chief Tony Ekoh, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi.

The group decried incessant attacks and persecution of journalists in Ebonyi and called for immediate and unfetted investigation into the alleged attack.

The petition read in part: “Following complaint by the victim, we made contact with the suspected mastermind of the attack who admitted being in APC chieftain’s residence on the said date of attack.

” But, on further investigation, he totally denied any knowledge of the attack on the journalist by his boys.

“We also spoke with Chief Tony Ekoh in whose compound the act was perpetrated; he acknowledged the presence of the journalist, the suspect and his ‘boys’ in his compounded.

“Ekoh, however, said nobody notified him when Okah was being attacked.

“We condemn the attack and call on the IGP to carryout a thorough investigation with a view to unmasking the motive of the attack and those behind it in the interest of justice.”

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