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Journalists Seek Removal Of A’Ibom PPRO

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri, Uyo

The cordial relationship between the Nigeria Police and the media in Akwa Ibom State has since the deployment of Cordelia Nwawe (ASP) as the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), became strained as she has used the office to bully and verbally abuse journalists in the state.

Her abuse of office climaxed yesterday when she bullied and walked the Journalists who were invited to cover the parade of suspected hoodlums out of her office.

The journalists, who were uncomfortable with the unprofessional manner they were addressed by the PPRO, asked her not to be forgetful of her position as the mirror of the force. She flayed in reaction to this and practically forced the journalists who refused to be ordered out of her office.

The visibly enraged PPRO, claimed that the journalists were trying to dictate to her on how to run her office and as such, ordered them to leave her office immediately or face unpleasant consequences.

It was gathered that since Nwawe took-over the office of the State’s PPRO in March 2015, the cordial relationship between the Press and the police in the state waned drastically thereby provoking many journalists in the state to boycott police events.

Based on the shabby treatment, the journalists who are mostly the Correspondents of national dailies have vowed not to honour police invitations in the state again except Cordelia Nwawe was removed as the image-maker of the Police in Akwa-Ibom State.

The ugly incident occurred barley five days after the new Commissioner of Police resumed duty in the state with a plea to journalists to cooperate and partner with the police to achieve the aspirations of modern day policing.

“Akwa Ibom is already a very peaceful state and we have to sustain this reputation so that Akwa Ibom can continue to remain one of the most peaceful and safest states in the country but we cannot achieve that objective without the cooperation and partnership of the press. Your role is therefore, very vital because every household and communities of this country depend on you for information and orientation.

“It is through the information from the press that the society becomes educated and remodeled just as the press can set the entire country on fire with the kind of information they churn out. I therefore sincerely solicit your cooperation and partnership with a promise not to be hostile to any member of the press”, the CP pleaded.

Reacting to the ugly development, Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Akwa Ibom State, Dennis Udoma, urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to consider it expedient, the removal of Cordelia Nwawe as the PPRO of Akwa Ibom State because of her unruly behaviours towards journalists if the cordial relationship between journalists and the police must be restored.

Udoma complained that the said PPRO had on many occasions embarrassed him and other journalists and that it was now time, she be redeployed.

Daily Independent reports that in addition to physically abusing subordinates attached to her office, Nwawe has been severely rude and hostile to members of the public, reason she must be professionally considered unsuitable for the office of the force’s image maker in the state.