The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo State Council has disowned a statement purportedly emanating from it, complaining about alleged brutality of citizens of the state by police personnel.
The union made the denial in a statement signed by the Chairman, Chris Akaraonye and Secretary, Juliet Dim.
The union stated that it did not at any time write or authorize the statement to be written on its behalf against the police in the state.
It alleged that a set of disgruntled elements working in some state-based media houses have been embarrassing the union and agents of the state government claiming to be members of a caretaker committee of the union in the state.
The council regretted that the activities of the said illegal Caretaker Committee have been severally brought to the attention of the police and Department Of State Security without any action on the matter.
According to the union, the former Commissioner of Police in the state bluntly told the union he was convinced that the union was factionalized.
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The union also expressed indignation that the stance of the former police boss has emboldened the impostors to break into its old secretariat located on Port Harcourt Road Owerri.
The council, therefore, urged the state police command now under a new police commissioner to summon the will to check the activities of one Precious Nwadike and his band of alleged impostors who have been embarrassing the union.
Recall that the national leadership of the union had in a letter dated June 3, 2021, informed the police command in the state that the NUJ in the state is chaired by Akaraonye while Juliet Dim is the secretary.
The letter which was signed by Shuaibu Usman Leman, National Secretary also informed the police authorities that some misguided members of the union were fomenting trouble in the state.
Leman pleaded with the police to assist the union to maintain law and order whenever the need arises.