Umahi’s ex-aide, arrested for alleged hate speech, slumps; rushed to scientific institution


A frail media aide to Ebonyi Articulate Governor, David Umahi, Godfery Chikwere, arrested and detained by the police following a petition by an Ebonyi Articulate government suited, slumped on Monday on the skill the set aside he’s being detained.

He used to be rushed to the speak’s police headquarters health center for therapy but his situation reportedly worsened because the health center is claimed to be inadequately equipped to cater to his effectively being mission.

He used to be therefore taken to the Alex Ekwueme Federal College Instructing Clinic Abakaliki(AE-FUTHA) for extra therapy.

Mr Chikwere, popularly is named Small one Mouth, a frail Presenter on the speak’s radio location, Ebonyi Broadcasting Company(EBBC), used to be arrested few days ago by the police following a petition in opposition to him by the speak government for making a publication on his Fb address which the federal government regarded as as offensive.

In accordance to a source, he used to be to be arraigned on Monday by the police earlier than the courtroom to face costs in opposition to him but used to be acknowledged to be in crisis following the illness.

Yet any other source instructed this reporter that at AE-FUTHA the set aside he’s being handled, law enforcement officers had been acknowledged to contain been deployed to forestall company from seeing him.

His major other, Onyinyechi, confirmed his sick-effectively being to reporters in Abakaliki.

She acknowledged “my husband began falling ill the old day evening when he used to be within the police location. So, he grew to change into worst and the police health center couldn’t address it. He is here in AE-FUTHA since this morning.

“They couldn’t diagnose one thing on the police health center but he used to be in extreme crisis. So, no we’re in AE-FUTHA, from the causes on what is atrocious with him, I mediate it is acute appendicitis but I don’t know yet”.

Godfery Chikwere
Godfery Chikwere

Police spokesperson within the speak, Loveth Oda, when contacted, acknowledged she used to be now not awake that he used to be in AE-FUTHA and promised to walk to the scientific institution to explore him.

The Petition

Mr Chikwere’s arrest followed a petition acknowledged to contain been written by the speak’s Commissioner for Data and Orientation, Uchenna Orji, to the police..

In the petition, dated 8 October, 2021, and viewed by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Orji, a attorney, titled it, ‘Report of publication of unfounded news, hate speech and incisive (sic) publication and cyber bullying by Godfrey Chikwere.

The commissioner within the petition accused Mr Chikwere, a frail Technical Assistant to Governor Umahi, of spreading unfounded news in opposition to the military and politicians which he acknowledged had been inciting.

The petition reads: “I write to advise your esteemed office as follows: that on eighth of October 2021 at about 14: 44 hours, one Godfrey Chikwere with cellular phone quantity 0806157**** did publish a unfounded news and incisive (sic) in fb profile called Godfrey Chikwere and other media platforms and mentioned as follows “Nigerian Military is critically and willingly dropping admire”.

Mr Orji extra acknowledged: “that on the an analogous eighth of October 2021, Godfrey Chikwere within the Fb profile made a unhealthy and annoying publication and mentioned as follows: they(politicians) will pay a childhood to abolish a perceived political enemy but they’ll(sic) give such childhood money to begin a industry”.

“That that this unsuitable, unfounded and incisive(sic) publication is intended to intention off alarm, cyber bullying, rise up crisis and breach of the peace within the speak.

The Commissioner extra alleged that Chikwere by the acknowledged publications has acted in violation of the Ebonyi Articulate Cybercrimes (Prohibition)Authorized pointers No 012 of 2021.

He instructed the Commissioner of Police to arrest and prosecute Mr Chikwere.

“I beg your factual offices to arrest and prosecute Godfrey Chikwere for publishing rumours and statements high-quality of inflicting alarm and unsuitable alarm underneath portion 4 of Ebonyi Articulate Cybercrimes law of 2021”, he acknowledged.

Condemnations path arrest

Meanwhile, condemnations contain persevered to path the arrest of Mr Chikwere.

Reacting to the alleged arrest, a social commentator, Pauline Ucha, admonished the speak government to focal level on tackling the protection challenges going by the speak.

She acknowledged: “This prattle cum hogwash peddled here by Uchenna Orji doesn’t price the arrest of Mr Godfrey Chikwere. What he acknowledged on his fb net page is nothing however the actual fact!

“Ebonyi Articulate government derives mighty joy in intimidating / humiliating other folks, please free Godfrey Chikwere he’s now not the fetch 22 situation going by southeast factual now!”

“Your concentrations has to be fascinated by the incessant killings within the land in particular doubtlessly the most prove one which took plight at Onicha Igbeze, all these menace needs government action as an change of diverting their consideration to irrelevant components”

“From all indications, this current day administration in Ebonyi Articulate detest criticism and I ask, what is the need of democratic governance since one isn’t any longer entitle to freedom of speech, here is terribly pathetic government desire all people to clap for them even within the face of horrible.

‘Free Godfrey Chikwere, he dedicated no offence to warrant his arrest on epic of a quantity of alternative folks contain written one thing extra inciting than his”, she acknowledged.

Sacked in December by Umahi

Mr Chikwere used to be one amongst the retinue of aides sacked in December 2020 by Governor Umahi following his defection to the All Progressives Congress from the Of us’s Democratic Party(PDP).

He used to be a Technical Assistant on Media to the governor earlier than his elimination.

The Secretary to the Articulate Govt had in a tell announcing his sack acknowledged Mr Chikwere used to be sacked in listing to enhance service birth.

On the change hand, Mr Chikwere acknowledged he used to be sacked on epic of he refused to insult elders and equally discourage others from doing so on Fb on behalf of the speak government.

He moreover acknowledged that he used to be sacked for being shut to Nationwide Assembly members elected on the platform of Mr Umahi’s frail party, PDP, in particular a senator, Obinna Ọgba, who represents Ebonyi Central District because the Senate.

He, alternatively, eminent that he knew that he will quickly be sacked from office.

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