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Thugs Invade Radio Station, Attack, Abduct Presenter Over Plateau

Friday Olokor Jos
The panic in Plateau State over insecurity spread to the newsroom on Saturday as suspected  Plateau United  thugs  invaded the premises of Jay 101.9 FM  in Jos assaulted and abducted a sports presenter, Ferdinand Mbum, and whisked him to an unknown destination.
The incident was said to have taken place around 6.25pm after Sports Extra.
Analysts believe that the invasion is  political since the radio station  is believed to  have links with  former Plateau State governor,  Jonah  Jang.
The thugs said to have been led by a top official of the supporters’ club were allegedly ordered by the GM  of Plateau United,  Pius Henwan, to perpetrate the act.
The invaders were said to have arrived  at the station in a black Honda Accord and a Peugeot 406  branded 4+4 and Lalong Boys, with the picture of Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong boldly inscribed on it.
A statement  on Sunday by the Station Manager of the radio station, Mangna Wamyil,  said they  had  reported  the incident to the police.
The station called on the state  Commissioner of Police, Andie Undie, to arrest and prosecute the culprits or risk a protest march to his office during the week.
The statement read,  “Without equivocation, we want to use the occasion to demand within 24 hours, an unreserved apology from the General Manager of Plateau United  on whose instructions the thugs seemingly acted.
“The apology must be conveyed to us in writing, published in three  national dailies of repute, and broadcast on three radio stations in Jos,  Plateau State. Failure to do that, we have instructed our lawyers to file a case of abuse of fundamental human rights and other charges against him and the club.”
It added, “As a journalist duty bound to investigate and report, Mbum said on the programme that a source from the accounts department of the club confirmed to him that the money the governor  promised the players when they won the league last season in which each player was entitled to over N1m  had been redeemed since February 18, 2018.
“He also reported the allegation that the match allowances for the CAF  Champions League victory against Etoile Du Sahel in Kano of between N75,000 and N150,000 was not given to the players because they failed to qualify for  the next round despite  winning the match.
“As a law-abiding organisation, we are shocked at the actions of the GM  of Plateau United, who not being a law enforcement agent, ordered the assault, abduction,  and arrest of our employee  who was merely doing his job, by his thugs.”
Spokesman for the police  in the state,  Matthias Tyopev,   said, “Yesterday (Saturday), they were in the police station. We obtained the statement of the journalist and released him to a surety. They will return on Monday.”
Spokesman for  Plateau United, Albert Dakup, told us that the incident was unfortunate.
He said, “To the best of my knowledge, neither the GM  nor management of Plateau United  is aware of the purported physical assault.
“The alleged physical assault was not on the orders of the GM as being speculated by a section of the media.”
Henwan denied ordering thugs to assault Mbum.
“I was called to the police station yesterday (Saturday)to write my statement on the matter. I did that and left,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying on Sunday.
“I explained to the police what I know about the whole development in my statement.
“I want to put it on record that I did not order or instruct anybody to do what they did.”

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