Right Honourable George Alli, the Executive Chairman of Otukpo Local Government Council, has joined the growing list of those calling for the release of detained 72-year old journalist, Pa. Oga Tom Uhia.
Oga Tom Uhia, a veteran journalist and publisher of an online magazine has been in detention for three weeks on the orders of the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Jeddy Agba over a publication in the July edition of his Power Steering Magazine.
The Otukpo Local Government Council Chairman said, "Let me at this Juncture lend my voice to the list of Benue sons and other well meaning Nigerians to call for Pa. Oga Tom Uhia's release. Three weeks is too long to keep someone in detention. It is either they charge him to court or have him released. Clearly, his continued incarceration without trials is a violation of his right as a Nigerian citizen".
The Chairman wondered what was the offence, for a journalist of Oga Uhiah's standing and age, to be subjected to such hardship at a time when many Nigerians from all works of life are calling for systemic reforms.
There have been growing concerns amongst many Nigerians over Oga Uhia's continued detention, with many people, including Former Senator from Kaduna North and Human Right Activist, Senator Shehu Sani, Senator Abba Moro, Honourable Francis Otta Agbo, Igede Youth Council, Publisher of Online Magazine, Sahara Reporters, Omoleye Sowore, Activist, Prince Deji Adeyanju, journalist Prince Yemi Itodo... amongst others, all calling for Oga Uhia's release.
The Former State Lawmaker said, anything that gives the impression of government clamp down on press freedom will further hurt the country's image amongst the nations. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the matter with a view to either charge him to court or release him.
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