Breaking : Police Boss Order Release Of Detained Ebonyi Journalist


Ebonyi state the Commissioner of Police, CP, Awosola Awotinde, has ordered the immediate release of the state Correspondent of Vanguard Newspapers, Peter Okutu, who arrested by his men on the orders of a local government 

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.The Chairman of Ohaukwu local government Council, Mr Clement Odah .

Okutu, was arrested over an alleged report about military invasion of Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.

This is coming on the heels of last week's arrest and detention of the Sun newspaper reporter, Agwu Chijioke, by the police on the orders of the Governor, David Umahi, following an investigative report he did about Lassa Fever outbreak in the state. 

Agwu was later released after the government claimed that all manners of stakeholders pleaded with the governor for his release.

Residents of Ebonyi state including journalists had been complaining of Umahi's highhandedness despotic tendencies.

However, Okutu was arrested by some armed personnel of the State Anti-Robbery Sqaud, SARS, at the Woodberry Hotel, Abakaliki on alleged orders of the Ohaukwu Local Government Council Chairman, Mr. Clement Odah.

Okutu was earlier invited by the SARS officials through the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Mr. Francis Nwaze, over the report, before he was asked to meet with the Council Chairman to brief him on the true situation of the matter.

The detained journalist was later contacted through his mobile phone by Mr. Odah who asked him to meet him at Woodberry Hotel where he was arrested by the waiting security operatives.

Okutu who had envisaged danger, went alongside the Punch Reporter, Mr Edward Nnachi, to see the council Chairman.

At the hotel, Odah reportedly queried Okutu on the sources of his report but while he was still explaining to him, four SARS operatives emerged from the hotel premises and whisked away in a waiting Hillux van.

When contacted, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Awosola Awotinde, said he was not yet aware of the arrest, but promised to find out before he reportedly ordered his immediate release.