A Nigerian journalist, Godfrey Chikwere has been arrested by the Ebonyi State Police Command over a Fb put up.
It was gathered that the police arrested Chikwere on the orders of Governor of the state, David Umahi.
The presenter/anchor at Broadcaster, Salf FM, was arrested by the police through the weekend following a petition by the federal government accusing him of faux information, hate speech, incisive publication and cyberbullying.
The petition dated October 8 and signed by Ebonyi State Commissioner for Data, Orji Uchenna Orji to the State Police commissioner, says that Chikwere made a “dangerous and disturbing publication intended to cause fear and breach of peace in the state”
“I write to tell your esteemed workplace as follows: That on the eighth day of October, 2021 at about 14:44 hours, one Godfrey Chikwere with cellphone quantity 080615707** did publish faux information and incisive put up in Fb profile known as Godfrey Chikwere and different media platforms and acknowledged as follows: Nigerian Military is critically and willingly dropping respect,” the petition learn.
“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.”
In the meantime, aggrieved youths and activists within the state have taken to social media to demand for the discharge of the journalist beneath the hashtag #FreeGodfreyChikwere
“The ordeals of Godfrey Chikwere The news of arrest and detention of Mr. Godfrey Chilwere popularly known as baby mouth sounded like a joke to me until I saw the attached documents signed by the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr Uchenna Orji,” a Fb consumer, Israel Ekene Mbam, wrote.
“While we condemn the spread of fake news, people should as well be on the know that from this action, more persons will now be on government and security agencies watch list for fake news. On the other hands, FIO should be properly implemented and respect for human right should also be applied in this case. 2023 is around the corner. May we not be a victim of the unknown.” he added.
Peter Bethran, stated: “NUJ should clamp down on Ebonyi state Government by making sure that all the government activities are not covered as a means of protest to ask for the release of their own person Godfrey Chikwere . If things are not done very urgent intermediation and harassment of media and press men will continue.”
“Make una free this younger man Godfrey Chikwere is excessive time authorities occupy (sic) themselves with related points within the society as a substitute of pursuing shadows. His arrest will finish in futility#FREE CHIKWERE Now!!,” a Fb consumer, Richard Nwafor posted.
An activist, Apst. Benjazy Nweke Oyenge stated, “Do not blame the governor of Ebonyi state for signing the regulation in opposition to faux information, blame your own home of meeting members who enable (sic) the stated regulation cross via all the required proceedings figuring out absolutely effectively that it is going to be used in opposition to those that criticize or communicate in opposition to any incorrect governmental choice in opposition to the residents.
“The current day Home of Meeting in Ebonyi state are so all for their private achieve from his Excellency forgetting their constituents who elected them to signify them. The continued arrest in Ebonyi state is nothing however a political battle in opposition to any perceived political opposition member within the state
“People who handed the invoice into regulation shouldn’t overlook that they won’t stay in ruling get together without end, tomorrow the identical regulation might land on their cranium for talking in opposition to the federal government in energy
“Godfrey Chikwere is a law-abiding citizen and should not be held captive for expressing his fundamental human right which is freedom of speech except we don’t have such law again in Ebonyi state. It is only a military government that will not accept criticism, but in a democratic setting, criticism is one of the instruments of good governance. A reasonable government take correction from criticism and not otherwise. #FreeGodfreyChikwere”