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IPOB Reports: Imo Vendors Begin Strike Over Police Clampdown On Members, Newspapers




Newspaper distributors and distribution brokers on Tuesday protested the continual clampdown on them by the operatives of the Intelligence Response Group of the Inspector Normal of Police in Imo State.


In addition they launched into a strike motion by refusing to distribute newspapers on the market throughout the state.

SaharaReporters had reported on Monday that police operatives connected to the IGP’s Intelligence Response Group arrested no fewer than seven newspaper distributors and distribution brokers within the state for circulating information associated to Indigenous Individuals of Biafra and the Japanese Safety Community.

The police operatives had swooped on them on Monday morning at their base positioned at Quantity 5 Rotibi Road, Douglas Highway, Owerri, because the circulation of the day’s newspapers was ongoing.

Different distributors and distribution brokers who ran away, had informed journalists that the gun-wielding police operatives accused them of circulating newspaper publications that had tales on IPOB and ESN.

It was noticed that many newspaper readers have been stranded in Owerri on Tuesday as there was no newspaper in any newsstand anyplace in Owerri and throughout the state.

Talking throughout the protest at Rotibi Road, chairman of the brokers, Chidiebere Tasie, insisted that till one among their members who was nonetheless being held by the police was launched, they’d not return to work.

Expressing disenchantment, Tasie stated “That is very unhealthy and extremely condemnable. Acts of repression in opposition to distributors or media practitioners are stone age technique that ought to by no means be considered by safety or authorities brokers.

“Who does this strike have an effect on? The reality is that the strike will serve the meant agenda; which is to maintain the media off the streets.” 

The Imo State Circulation supervisor of the New Telegraph Newspaper, Chuks Ugwu, was on Monday night freed by the IGP staff after six days of incarceration.

He was arrested in Orlu final Tuesday whereas taking his weekly returns from distributors.

In the meantime, the Imo State commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, has stated they have been arrested by operatives of the Intelligence Response Group for profiling and evaluation over sure publications being circulated within the state. 

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