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Published On: Wed, Oct 8th, 2014

NLC condemns detention of AIT staff, says it’s illegal

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By A’isha BiolaRaji

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted with serious concern the arrest of Mr. AmaechiAnekwe of the Africa Independent Television (AIT) at the instance of calling Mr. Joseph Mbu, an AIG of Police, controversial.

In a statement signed by the General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, the NLC, said that the incarceration was against the law.

The statement read in part: “The arrest and torture of Mr. Amaechi was unlawful and unjustifiable arrest.

“The offence of Mr. Anekwe is that he had referred to Mr. Mbu as “controversial”, which in our view is neither derogatory nor libelous. “Even if the word or sentence were otherwise, there are lawful channels of redress. Mr. Mbu cannot be judge and prosecutor on his own case.

According to the labour congress, there is freedom of speech guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to which everyone is answerable irrespective of status or position.

The arrest and detention of Mr. Anekwe, according to the statement, is however a calculated attempt to deny free speech in a democracy.

Sighting instances, NLC said the case of Anekwe is not the first case where Mbu had erred or infringe on the rights of Nigerians.

According to the labour union, Mbu had “violently” broken up the Bring-Back-the -Chibok- Girls campaign, on the basis of a non-existent law, drawing international condemnation of the government.

“We now find it necessary to sound a note of caution on MrMbu. His above- the-law attitude to the work of law enforcement gives him out as one that is more inclined to promoting anarchy than the rule of law.

“The police force we need is the one that is concerned with public good, law, order and justice”, the statement outlined.

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