ALeP Appeals To IGP To Rescue Missing Journalist, Mathew Onwuasoanya


By Celestine Okorie

The Awba-Ofemili League of Professionals (ALeP) has called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP),  Mohammed Abubakar Adamu to intervene in the recent abduction of a journalist, Barrister Mathew Onwuasoanya.

The group in a press statement available to newsmen and endorsed by its National Coordinator, Remmy Nweke, Esq, appealed to IGP Adamu to use his special squads to fish out the whereabouts of the Awka-based journalist and lawyer, Barr. Onwuasoanya, who also is an indigene of Awba-Ofemili and works with the Anambra State-owned National Light Newspaper.

Missing Journalist, Mathew Onwuasoanya

ALeP recalls that a recent pronouncement from the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Anambra State Chapter, confirmed that Barrister Onwuasoanya, went missing after abductors allegedly dressed in security outfit stormed his residence in the early hours of May 30, 2020 in Awka.

ALeP also noted that the 49-year-old reporter was last seen on 29 May 2020, according to the Chairman, Anambra State Council of NUJ, Comrade Emmanuel Ifesinachi.

“Tall and fair-complexioned, Matthew has not been seen either in the office or his residence in Ngodo, Nise in Awka South LGA since then,” the group said.

The Managing Director of National Light Newspaper, Sir Chuka Nnabuife was quoted as saying, “we have been expecting the missing Onwuasoanya at work until his only brother, Mr. Oliver Onwuasoanya arrived our office on 8 June, 2020 to tell us that they have been searching for him.

“Thereafter, we commenced actions on the search for him, while his brother has lodged complaints at the Central Police Station in Awka and also with the Commissioner of Police.”

In addition, ALeP quoted the State council, as saying neighbours at Onwuasoanya’s residence had informed his brother that they sighted  his suspected abductors, brandishing arms and  adorned in security outfit who came in a white Hilux truck and a Highlander at about 2am on Saturday, 30 May, 2020, who eventually whisked him away.

ALeP joins the State NUJ Chairman and other well-meaning Nigerians to implore the IGP Adam to use his good offices in ensuring that the missing Mathew Onwuasoanya was found, rescued and reunited with him family.

The group further urged indigenes of Awba-Ofemili in diaspora to ensure they joined and remained active in the activities of Awba-Ofemili Development Unions (ADU) nearest to them, stressing that the ALeP is a group of all conscious, keen and capable professionals from Awba-Ofemili town in Awka-North Local Government Area of Anambra State, championing advocacy for a united front for the development and restoration of the rice-producing, agrarian town and safe society.

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