Some members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have alleged that they were manhandled by men of the Nigerian Army.The soldiers who were said to be operatives from Operation Python Dance stormed the secretariat of the NUJ in Umuahia on the 12th September, 2017.
They said some soldiers, who were on a ‘show of force’ allegedly halted their convoy, jumped out of their trucks and headed for the NUJ office at No. 1 Aba Road, Umuahia.
They alleged that no fewer than 20 military personnel invaded the NUJ hall, manhandled two journalists and destroyed their working tools.
One of the alleged victims, Bonny Okoro, who is the state correspondent of The Oracle Today, said that the operatives, who were driving in a convoy toward Bende Road, via Aba Road, attracted the attention of members of the public.
Mr. Okoro said that he and other journalists at the press centre gathered at the windows and balcony of the two-storey building, to catch a glimpse of the troops, who were in a convoy of trucks. According to reports they seized and damaged their recording devices; an iPad and 2 mobile phones. Preliminary investigation shows that the items belongs to journalists on their legitimate duties. Consequently, the Commander 14 Brigade and Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division waded into the matter which has since been resolved amicably.