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The Imo State Government has provided further explanations as to why operatives of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) are still keeping in their custody a staff of the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation, Casmir Chinonye Uzomah.
The Eastern Updates reports that over the past few days, the social media have been awash with demands for the release of Uzomah who was arrested by the DSS for airing on the IBC radio station, Orient FM, a criminal, libellous, and extremely subversive song against His Excellency, Sen Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State, while on duty at the radio station. That was on August 04, 2022.
The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba claimed the DSS wants to ensure that investigation into the reason Uzomah was detained is not jeopardised.
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‘Some of those ignorantly calling for his release have gone far enough to baselessly claim that he was detained on the orders of the state government,’ Emelumba said.
The Commissioner in a statement on Monday said: ‘For the avoidance of doubt, neither Imo State government nor Imo Broadcasting Corporation is responsible for the arrest of the said Casmir Chinonye Uzomah. He was arrested by the DSS for airing subversive material capable of threatening national security.
‘The DSS has confirmed that upon his arrest he made a written confession that the said offensive and damaging song he aired was given to him by some collaborators, in a flash drive, and he duly smuggled same into IBC studio and willfully caused it to be aired, in violation of the terms of his employment and the ethics of the broadcast industry.
‘This seditious and highly subversive song described the governor of the state, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma as a murderer, a vampire and sucker of blood. It was as bad as that, and indeed worse. Yet an employee of the government had the audacity to air the song in a state owned radio station. If that does not qualify for the height of impudence and willful subversion then anything else can.
‘That was a clear case of criminal libel against a man who has never been accused of a high crime nor convicted by a court of law. The aim, of course, was not just to disparage the governor but to maliciously damage his reputation and to incite the public against the government.’ he concluded.
Many Imolites have continued to react to the arrest on social media.