Philip I. Thomas
Philip I. Thomas also known as Comrade Phils) is a Nigerian journalist and activist best known for his social activism and campaign against police brutality in Nigeria. His articles have appeared on Sahara Reporters, Vanguard and Report Afrique International - where he serves as Executive Editor.
In January, 2020, Thomas called for justice over the death of Chima Ikwunado an auto mechanic who was tortured to death while in police custody- and also demanded for the release of the four unjustly incarcerated others at the e-crack unit of the Mile One Police station in Diobu area of Port Harcourt, in Rivers state, Nigeria. The story went viral after his post on Social Media and trended with #Justiceforchima on Twitter in Nigeria causing a media outrage and protests, forcing the police authorities to investigate and prosecute  the offending officers. The notorious e-crack police unit was subsequently disbanded in February 2021.
Thomas was nominated for the Media Award and Ibim Semenitari Prize for Journalism category alongside Kiki Mordi, a BBC Africa Eye reporter who won the award in the 2019 edition of the Media Awards held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in November, 2019.
- "Report Afrique Team". REPORT AFRIQUE International. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
- "Yahya Jammeh, a better leader to his political allies than Goodluck Jonathan". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "My Experience Visiting Prominent Blogger, Kemi Olunloyo In Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "'EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: #JusticeForChima – Victim's Family, Client Narrate How Late Auto Mechanic Chima Ikwunado Was Tortured to Death By the Police In Rivers State". Report Afrique International. 20 January 2020. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "'Claims of police torturing mechanic to death set Twitter on fire". The Punch Newspaper. 2020-01-17. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "Chima Ikwunado: Rivers mechanics protest over colleague's death". The Sun Newspaper. 2020-01-20. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "IKOKU 4: Four police officers remanded for murder, torture of suspects". Vanguard Nigeria. 2020-07-07. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "'His killers must be brought to book'– outrage as police 'torture' mechanic to death". The Cable Newspaper. 2020-01-17. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "Rivers CP Disband 'Notorious' Tactical Unit, Eagle Crack Squad". Channels TV. 2021-02-26. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "'#JusticeForChima: Chima Ikwunado Another Victim Of Police Brutality". Plus TV Africa. 2020-01-17. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "Chima Ikwunado: Four Ex-policemen accused for Chima Ikwunado murder don plead not guilty". BBC. 2020-08-13. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "#JusticeForSleek : How Police Murdered 20 Year-Old Musician, Daniel "Sleek" Ikeaguchi, in Rivers State". REPORT AFRIQUE International. 2020-09-21. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
- "See Full Nomination List For The 2019 Media Awards (Press Release)". 5 November 2019. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- "Kiki Mordi, Mark Angel, Kofi Bartels, Sammy Wejinya, Matilda Lambert, Jane Gam Dede, Honey Ojukwu, Esther Nweje, Enoh Ogbevire, Others nominated for The Media Awards 2019". 4 November 2019. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
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