Police Abduct Editor from Home in Abuja for Undisclosed Reasons

Mr. Madu Onuorah, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Global Upfront newspaper

On May 22, 2024, at about 6.00 pm, 10 armed policemen stormed the home of the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Global Upfront newspaper, Mr. Madu Onuorah, in Lugbe area of Abuja in two Sienna buses and in the presence of his wife and children, forcibly took him away without presenting any warrant of arrest or disclosing any reason for his arrest.

The police seized Mr. Onuorah’s phones to prevent him from reaching his family, friends, and lawyer despite pleas from his family. He was initially taken to the Lugbe Police Station from where he was later taken to Enugu.

ASP Daniel Ndukwe, the Enugu State Police Command spokesman later came out to disclose that Mr. Onuorah was arrested in Abuja with the assistance of police operatives from Ebonyi State Command and the aid of intelligence, after efforts made to formally invite him failed. The arrest, according to ASP Ndukwe followed the receipt of a written petition to the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, against him over an alleged defamatory publication he made against a US-based Reverend Sister.

Mr. Onuorah was a former Abuja Bureau Chief of The Guardian Newspaper and former Managing Director of The Authority Newspaper.