By James Ezema
Former Information Minister, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, who was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS), has been released.
Though, no official reason was adduced for his arrest, the politician told Vanguard on telephone yesterday that his arrest bordered on a misinterpretation of his comment published in a national daily (not Vanguard) insinuating that he called for the return of the military into politics.
He said the issue has been cleared with the security agency.
According to him: â€œThe publication gave impression that I asked the army to return. But, I only spoke of the problems in the South-East. I said that the South-East Zone has the highest number of police and Army check-points in Nigeria, that I counted 31 between Onitsha and Enugu, that these check-points have not checked crime in the zone.â€
After being quizzed by SSS, the former All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), presidential aspirant, who insisted he was not inciting anybody, was released on Tuesday.
Nwodo said he was not kept longer than necessary by the security agency, adding that he was treated very politely and humanely.
Nwodo had spoken last week at a two-day Security Summit organised by the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, for the South-East and South-South zones.
He was quoted during the interactive session of the summit as saying, â€œWe cannot thank you (army) enough for your professionalism and for your patriotism, but I dare say that it does not stop with keeping quiet.”