Opinion

Anambra NUJ Declares Journalist Missing

By Jude Atupuluazi
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Anambra State Council, has formally declared one of its members missing. He is Barrister Matthew Onwuasonya, 49.

Addressing a meeting of State Working Committee, SWC, members and some stakeholders of the council at Godwin Ezeemo International Press Centre, Awka last Wednesday, the State Chairman of the council, Sir Emma Ifesinachi, said the council had declared Onwuasoanya missing following his reported abduction by strange men in the early hours of May 30 at his place in Nise, Anambra State.

Mr Onwuasonya who works with National Light Newspapers, was said to have been last seen at work on May 29 this year. According to reports by witnesses who live with him, some unidentified men stormed his house in two vehicles around 2am on May 30 and whisked him away.

His abduction was unknown to his office until seven days later when his brother reported that he had not been seen after his abduction.

A press statement signed by Sir Chuka Nnabuife, MD/CEO Anambra Newspapers and Publishing Company, ANPC, said they had been expecting Mr Onwuasonya at work until his only brother, Mr Oliver Onwuasoanya, arrived at their office on Monday, June 8, 2020 and informed them that they were searching for him.

‘Thereafter, we commenced action on search for him. His brother has lodged complaints to CPS and the CP’s office with his photograph and vital information,’ the statement said.

It stated further, ‘At his residence, neighbours told his brother that at about 2am on May 30, some vehicles, comprising a white Hilux truck and a Highlander, with some gun bearing men dressed in what looked like security men’s uniform, came and whisked him away. That is the much they said.’

Sir Nnabuife, who described the missing journalist who was in charge of the editorial section as a very active and resourceful Journalist, feared that if the development was not tackled, it might leave a big dent on the image of media practice in Anambra State.

He urged anyone with useful information to contact the missing person’s brother via number 07031318440.

Fides gathered that the matter had been reported to the police who are currently investigating the incident.

Mr Matthew Onwuasoanya, also a lawyer, is fair in complexion and aged 49. His personal telephone numbers are 07086738854 and 07032770194.

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