Hyacinth Chinweuba/Richard Ginika Izuora
The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of one Mr Nweke Nweke of Third Eye Magazine was in Onitsha following an investigation the Command is undertaking that required his explanation on the role he allegedly played in the crime.
According to SP Haruna Mohammed PPRO Anambra State Police Command, “The journalist had on 23rd October,2019 allegedly circulated on various social media platforms including the Anambra State Police Command Facebook page, a malicious publication(reproduced hereunder) Captioned: “Re: CSP Chinedu Transfer Saga, The CP Lied” as well as a Transfer signal document purportedly to back up the narrative in the publication.
Mohammed said, “As evident in the said publication, the author claimed that:
(i). The Commissioner of Police lied in respect of the issue in question;
(ii). The Commissioner of Police is compromised by bribery receipts from the Officer in question;
(iii). The Inspector-General of Police received/receives N50m bribe from the Governor through the same Officer as compromise in the Transfer saga.”
Also circulated on the same premise was a transfer signal which did not emanate from the Nigeria Police Force.
Oriental News Nigeria, recalls that on the 5th September, 2019, the Police Command had cause to issue a rejoinder following a similar online publication indicating that CSP Chinedum Aniagboso was on transfer to Yobe State. The rejoinder categorically stated that there was no such transfer by the Police Force.
Mohammed stated that the above background is necessary to underscore the resolve of the Police Command to unravel those behind the documents being circulated online as well as the malicious publications.
He said the allegations contained therein no doubt require proof and the Force intends to get to the root of the matter.
The involvement of the journalist so far is to the extent that circulation of both documents have been traced to him and he therefore has a duty to explain either his direct involvement in authoring both or otherwise, the PPRO said.
Presently, the journalist has been granted bail in the true spirit of the investigation. He is however advised to as a law abiding citizen, do all in his capacity to clear himself conclusively of the issues against him and refrain from further public comments on same in order not to impinge on the ongoing investigation.
The Command enjoined the media family with whom it enjoys superlative relationship and the general public to be guided accordingly.