Police in Ebonyi State have arrested the Vanguard Correspondent, Mr. Peter Okutu, over a report he did about military invasion of Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the State.
Okutu was arrested by the armed men of the State Anti-Robbery Sqaud at Woodberry hotel Abakaliki on the orders of the Ohaukwu Local Government Council Chairman, Mr. Clement Odah.
Before his arrest, Okutu was earlier invited by the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Mr. Francis Nwaze, over the report, who later asked him to meet with the Council Chairman to brief him on the true situation of the incident.
Okutu was later contacted through his mobile phone by Mr. Odah who asked him to meet him at Woodberry hotel where he was arrested by a waiting security operatives.
Okutu who had envisaged danger, went alongside the Punch Reporter, Mr Edward Nnachi, to see the Council Chairman.
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At the hotel, it was gathered that Mr. Odah had queried Okutu on the sources of his report and while he was still explaining to him, four SARS men emerged within the Hotel premises and rounded him up and took him away in a waiting hillux van.
This is coming three days after The Sun newspaper Reporter, Agwu Chijioke, was arrested by the police on the orders of the State Governor, David Umahi, following a report he did about Lassa Fever outbreak in the state. Agwu was later released.
When contacted, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Awosola Awotinde, said he was not yet aware of the arrest, but promised to found out.
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