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The government of Imo State has debunked the speculation that it ordered the arrest of a popular radio presenter, Nonso Uba, over his criticism of the Governor Hope Uzodinma administration.
He explained that the police in Abuja arrested him on allegations of criminal libel, which involved a threat to state security.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba, in a statement in Owerri on Saturday, regretted that commentators had been blinded by emotions such that they have completely ignored the alleged offence of the radio presenter.
He noted that neither the style of his arrest nor the contents of his radio programmes was the issue but the defamatory statement by Mr Uba that Governor Hope Uzodimma and Alhaji Asari Dokubo were responsible for the killings in Imo State.
According to Emelumba, the government as a law abiding institution sought the help of the police to investigate and substantiate the veracity or otherwise of the allegations.
‘His Excellency swore an oath through the constitution to protect lives and property of the people and here you have someone accusing him of breaching that oath which is an impeachable offence.
‘It is only natural for the institution charged with investigation to look into the matter,’ he said.
The Commissioner noted that since it is trite in law that he who alleges should provide proof, it was necessary for the police to invite Uba to prove his allegations.
He said that nobody should teach the police how to go about their assignment, insisting that those who arrested Uba were on uniform and didn’t hide their identity.