Attack on journalists: Remove Umahi as Ebonyi Gov – MRA, IPC petition CCB

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The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the International Press Center (IPC), have appealed to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), requesting that it endorse Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi for supposed unfortunate behavior, penetrating of pledge of office and the set of accepted rules for open officials following his ongoing assaults on writers.

The rights bunches have charged the CCB to expel the Governor from office and exclude him from holding any open office in Nigeria for the following 10 years.

In an objection letter routed to the Chairman of the Bureau in accordance with Paragraph 3(e) of Part One to the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, as revised, the associations fought that Umahi was unfit to keep on holding the workplace as Governor and mentioned the Bureau to explore the issue and summon the arrangements of Paragraph 18(2)(a) and (b) of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers contained in the constitution to make sure about his expulsion from office and preclusion from holding any open office in Nigeria for the following 10 years.

Marked by MRA Executive Director, Mr. Edetaen Ojo and the Director of the IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, the request sent to TELOADED on Sunday described the April 18 capture of Mr. Chijioke Agwu, a columnist with the “Day by day Sun” paper, on the directions of the Governor.

They additionally reviewed the April 22 state-wide radio and transmission by the Governor in which he restricted forever, Mr. Agwu and Mr. Dwindle Okutu, a reporter of the “Vanguard” paper, from going into the State Government House or some other Government office in the state and from covering any legislature or authority works in the State.

The associations connected a sound account of the Governor’s communicated to the request, saying it contained inducing explanations against the two writers whom he prohibited, in this way putting their lives in danger, just as dangers to different columnists in the state whom he said would confront desperate outcomes should they distribute any negative anecdote about his Government.

MRA and IPC focused on that the activities and behaviors of the Governor comprise a maltreatment of office in that he inappropriately and illicitly utilized his position and force as Governor in an injurious manner to mistreat and damage the privileges of residents of Nigeria and put their lives in danger.

The associations contended that the Governor has no authority under the constitution or whatever other Law, regardless of whether as Governor or in some other limit, to take the moves he made, especially to force a real existence restriction on columnists or on whatever other resident, who have not been accused of or indicted for any offense known to law.

MRA and IPC blamed Umahi for abusing his Oath of Office and the Oath of Allegiance, negating a few arrangements of the 1999 constitution, placing Nigeria in a circumstance of having penetrated its universal settlement commitments, especially Article 66(2)(c) of the Revised ECOWAS Treaty, where as a Member State of the Economic Community of West African States, Nigeria consented to co-work with other Member States in the territory of data and embraced to “guarantee regard for the privileges of writers.”

They refered to the arrangements of the constitution which Umahi abused to incorporate Sections 13, 22, 35(1), 35(3) and 39(1).

MRA and IPC battled that by his unlawful and illegal activities, the Governor has carried Nigeria to disparage before the worldwide network and is liable for Nigeria’s infringement of a few global instruments.

Among these are the Revised ECOWAS Treaty, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, just as different goals of the United Nations General Assembly on the wellbeing of writers and moves that ought to be made on exemption for violations against columnists.

MRA and IPC included that by behaving in the way he did, Umahi acted subjectively and in a way biased to the privileges of different people, especially media specialists occupied with the legal quest for their expert obligations as writers.

They fight that Umahi damaged the arrangements of Paragraph 9 of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers contained in the 1999 Constitution, which expresses that, “An open official will not do or direct to be done, in maltreatment of his office, any discretionary demonstration biased to the privileges of some other individual realizing that such demonstration is unlawful or in opposition to any administration approach.”

Arogundade stated: “We consider the activities of Governor Umahi a grave danger to and ambush on our major rights and opportunities as residents, especially in the light of his persistent assaults on writers whose jobs are more significant now than any other time in recent memory with regards to a worldwide pandemic that represents an existential risk to humankind.

“We are propelled to make this stride by our conviction that in the event that we, in Nigeria are to conquered the present and future difficulties, the capacity of writers to have the option to proceed with their expert and unavoidably commanded job of social event, preparing and spreading data to people in general ought not be frustrated.”

Ojo noticed that Umahi intentionally and unlawfully made a poisonous domain for columnists and other media experts in Ebonyi State by ceaselessly making it incomprehensible for them to do their expert obligations, foolishly actuating residents against them and putting their lives and government assistance in danger.

He stated: “It is obvious to us from the activities and expressions of Governor Umahi that he is uncivilized and has no respect for the Constitution, his Oath of Office, or regular respectability. He accepts that he is a law unto himself, and we have most likely that such an individual isn’t fit to keep on holding such high office in Nigeria. We, along these lines, expect to utilize all lawful and protected methods accessible to us to seek after this issue to its obvious end result.”