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General News of Monday, 11 October 2021


Ebonyi governor orders arrest of journalist over Facebook posts about Nigerian politicians

Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi

The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi has instructed the Nigerian police to arrest a journalist over unfavourable Facebook posts of politicians.

The journalist, Godfrey Chikwere was detained by the police after a petition by the government accusing him of "hate speech, cyberbullying and incisive publication."

“I write to inform your esteemed office as follows: That on the 8th day of October 2021 at about 14:44 hours, one Godfrey Chikwere with phone number 080615707** did publish fake news and incisive post in a Facebook profile called Godfrey Chikwere and other media platforms and stated as follows: Nigerian Army is seriously and willingly losing respect.

“That on the same 8th of October, 2021, Godfrey Chikwere in the Facebook profile made a dangerous and disturbing publication and stated as follows: ‘They (politicians) can pay a youth to murder a perceived political enemy but they can’t give such youth money to start a business.’

“That this false, fake and incisive publication is intended to cause fear, cyberbullying, riot crisis and breach of the peace in the state,” a petition signed by Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information, Orji Uchenna Orji to the police commissioner read.

Youths and activists in the state are organising a protest to demand the freedom of the journalist.

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