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Friday, 3 October 2014

Police AIG, Joseph Mbu, Detains AIT Journalist for Describing him as ‘Controversial’


Amaechi Anakwe, presenter of a TV Programme, Matters Arising on Africa Independent Television seems to have gotten himself into a little "problem" after being detained by Police under the orders of Assistant Inspector General, Joseph Mbu.

His offence- describing the high ranking police officer as "controversial" on his TV Programme.

Anakwe was detained Thursday morning after he reported at the Zone 7 police headquarters in Abuja, on the invitation of Mr. Mbu.

One of Anakwe’s colleague was quoted as saying that the police officer sent in the first call for the reporter last Friday.

It was turned down on technicalities after the media house complained that the letter inviting Mr. Anakwe was addressed to the reporter in his personal capacity.

A subsequent invitation was served on the media house on Monday.

Mr. Anakwe and the Chief security Officer of the AIT were subsequently dispatched to see Mr. Mbu on Tuesday.

After a long wait for the police officer who was said to be in the presidential villa, both men were asked to report back the following day.

Mr. Anakwe was seized on their second visit.

“I think it has to do with the culture and level of impunity that Mbu has been allowed to exhibit right from his days as police commissioner in Rivers state to today,” Imoni Mac-Amarere, Executive Director, News and Current Affairs at AIT, said.

Spokesperson of the Zone 7 police command, which Mr. Mbu now heads, could not be reached for comments.

But the overall spokesperson for the Nigeria Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, reportedly told online news paper Premium Times the issue has been “resolved”.

When asked if it is right for journalists to be arbitrarily detained by the police, he said: “I am saying we have resolved the issues. That’s all!”

Mr. Mbu, recently promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General, was a former commissioner of police in Rivers state.

He was pulled out of Rivers to head the Abuja police command – shorty before his promotion – after he had protracted face-off with that state’s governor who accused him of siding with the presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to undermine him.

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