Nigeria journalist Oga Tom Uhia detained for weeks on defamation complaint
Abuja, November 4, 2020–Authorities in Nigeria should immediately release Oga Tom Uhia, the publisher of local monthly magazine Power Steering, which covers the electrical power sector and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
On October 13, police arrested Uhia at his residence in Gwarimpa, a suburb of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, without a warrant and took him to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, according to Uhia’s lawyer, Evans Odeh, who spoke with CPJ via phone, and independent news website Forefront.
There, authorities questioned him about a complaint filed with police by Minister of State for Power Goddy Jeddy Agba, who helps oversee the electrical power sector in several states, regarding reporting on the official in Power Steering, Odeh said.
|Victim:||Oga Tom Uhia|
|Affiliation:||magazine Power Steering|
|Assailant:||Magazine Power Steering|