The management of THISDAY NEWSPAPERS has distanced itself from one Mr. Stanley Nkwazema, one of the suspects arrested by the Nigeria Police in connection to the invasion of the home of Justice Mary Odili on October 29.
Police authorities on Thursday said that Nkwazema was a contributing editor to one of the national dailies during a media parade of 14 suspects.
Meanwhile, in a statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi, Managing Editor (Print and Digital), THIS DAY said the arrested journalist was never a Contributing Editor of the paper.
The paper noted that Nkwazema was formally a Sports Correspondent for THIS DAY and had resigned more than 15 years ago.
It added that as a former staff, the company published some of his articles.
The statement said, “Contrary to his claim, Mr. Nkwazema is neither a Staff of THISDAY nor a Contributing Editor.
“However, occasionally, he, like hundreds of other readers of the newspaper, sends for publication articles and analyses and is usually obliged, a privilege THISDAY gives to some of its ex-staff. That does not in any way make him a staff and contributing Editor of THISDAY.
“Since his resignation, THISDAY had at no time contracted Mr. Nkwazema to investigate any story, and we know nothing of his alleged investigation of a story leading to the raid of the residence of Hon. Justice Odili.
“The police authorities and the general public should, therefore, note that Mr. Nkwazema, whatever may be his involvement in this matter, was not acting on behalf of THISDAY in any shape or form.”(Whistler)