Godfrey Chikwere, the journalist who was arrested in Ebonyi State over an alleged pretend and incisive Fb posts, reportedly developed well being problems whereas in police custody.
It will be recalled that Chikwere, stated to be a former media aide to Governor David Umahi, was arrested by the police in the course of the weekend following a petition by the Ebonyi State Authorities accusing him of faux information, hate speech, incisive publication, and cyberbullying. Learn HERE
Chikwere, a presenter/anchor at Broadcaster, Salt FM, had made a submit on his Fb account alleging that the Nigerian Military had misplaced self-respect and that politicians have been those behind killings and can be those to provide victims’ households cash to start-up companies, within the state.
In keeping with Punch, Chikwere was to be arraigned in courtroom, on Monday, October 11, by the Police, however reportedly slumped on the Command Headquarters, as a consequence of ill-health.
The journalist popularly generally known as Child Mouth, is reportedly on the Alex Ekwueme Federal College Instructing Hospital, Abakaliki, receiving therapy.
His spouse, Onyinyechi, confirmed his ill-health to journalists, in Abakaliki, on Monday.
“My husband began falling sick, on Sunday night time, when he was within the Police station. So, it grew to become worst and the Police clinic couldn’t deal with it. He has been at AE-FETHA, since morning.” she stated.
In the meantime, HURIDE Chairman, Ebonyi State chapter, Sampson Oko Nweke, visited the journalist within the hospital.
“A VISIT TO CHIKWERE. I simply left Alex Ekwueme Federal Instructing Hospital Abakaliki to see Godfrey Chikwere,(a journalist) who was rushed on this morning following well being problems he developed in police detention,” Nweke wrote.
“I went within the firm of Iyo Etas, Abraham Chinenye Ezealiegbe, and Nelson Igboke and we will guarantee you that he’s getting stronger.
“Godfrey was arrested yesterday morning by the police over a Fb submit which some brokers of Ebonyi State authorities noticed as distasteful.
“HURIDE and companions are intently monitoring his situation and the scenario surrounding his arrest to make sure he will get satisfactory justice.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the State Police Command, Loveth Odah, stated she was not conscious that the suspect was at AE-FUTHA, for therapy.
Reacting to the event, the Commissioner for Info and Orientation within the state, Uchenna Orji, stated the suspect was neither a journalist recognized by the State Authorities nor the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
Orji claimed that the suspect was a type of spreading pretend information and hate speeches throughout the state, including that the Authorities was monitoring these perpetrating such acts.
“My consideration has been drawn to the publications within the social media that the Workplace of the Commissioner for Info and Orientation, in Ebonyi State, triggered the arrest and detention of a journalist within the state,” he stated.
“I wish to use this medium to categorically state that the particular person being known as Godfrey Chikwere just isn’t a journalist recognized in Ebonyi State. I needed to verify from the NUJ and so they clearly said that he’s not a journalist
“However the fact of the matter is that the Ministry of Info and Orientation in Ebonyi State, in line with its mandate of guaranteeing the orientation of the folks towards all types of unhealthy habits, and in line with its responsibility of sensitizing the folks and guaranteeing the implementation of Ebonyi State regulation on Cybercrime Prohibition (012) 2021, we needed to swing into motion by guaranteeing that we monitor all individuals spreading pretend information
“By the way, this Godfrey Chikwere occurs to be a type of discovered to be within the behavior of posting pretend info and likewise spreading hate speech,” he added.