The Deputy governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu has denied ever ordering the arrest of an Abia based seasoned journalist, Prince Dan Iyke Kalu for criticizing him on social media.
Oko Chukwu was reacting following a press release by the Online Media Practitioners, Abia Chapter, which demanded the deputy governor to release the journalist within 48 hrs.
Reacting, the deputy governor through his Personal Assistant, Orji Francis Okpe said he has no hand in the arrest of Dan Kalu, alleging that the police were the one responsible.
According to him, “media practitioners should always verify their reports to avoid defaming innocent citizens”.
The statement reads thus; “The Abia State deputy governor, Sir Ude Oko said his attention has been drawn to reports making the rounds that he masterminded the arrest and detention of one Prince Dan Kalu.
In a statement signed by his Personal Assistant,Orji Francis Okpe, the deputy governor enjoined media practitioners to always verify their reports before going to press.
He stated that he had never made complaints against Kalu to any security agency and could not have ordered his detention.
The deputy governor urged those accusing him of masterminding Kalu’s arrest to contact the Police to ascertain the reason for his detention rather than making wild allegations.
“Kalu was arrested by the Police and granted bail..I have no hand in his ordeal. Those accusing me of being behind his arrest should rather contact the Police to ascertain the reason his detention.
I urge media practitioners to always verify their reports to avoid defaming innocent citizens,” Oko Chukwu said.
Meanwhile, the Abia State Online media practitioners have vowed to use every of their arsenal to fight to make sure the latter is released from detention.
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