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Police arrest SUN reporter over Onoh, Chime saga

By Dennis Agbo

ABAKALIKI—The Enugu state Police command, yesterday arrested, The Sun Newspaper correspondent in Ebonyi state Mr. Goddy Osuji. He was also interrogated and asked to make statement over a case between the government of Enugu state and  son of late Chief Christian Onoh, Dr. Josef Onoh.

At press time, Osuji was still being drilled at the CID department of Enugu state Police headquarters, where the Sun correspondent had voluntarily submitted himself after he was served with Police invitation letter on Monday.
Sun’s South East Bureau Chief, Chidi Nnadi, who spoke with Vanguard at about 4:30pm yesterday, said he did not understand what was going on but that “it is like they are saying they will grant him bail.”

Mr Osuji had reported to the Enugu Police command, yesterday at about 7:30am in company of many journalists, who in solidarity wanted to know what the police or Enugu state government were up to, but as the police protocols took longer time, the journalists retired to their jobs leaving Osuji with the Enugu Sun staff.

Osuji, the Sun correspondent,  interviewed the young Onoh in a Sun publication of August 24, 2009 where Onoh allegedly made defamatory statements against the government of Governor Sullivan Chime and his Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo.

The Enugu government had detained the young Onoh in police custody for two weeks, before charging his to court, which admitted him to bail last week.

Osuji’s name was contained in the charge preferred against  Onoh’s, and was alleged to have conspired with Onoh to ridicule the government of Governor Chime but was said to have been at large until Osuji appeared at the Enugu police headquarters, yesterday.

Efforts to contact the Enugu state Commissioner for Information Mr. Chuks Ugwoke,  failed as he did not pick his calls but Governor Chime’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Dan Nwome said he was not aware that the Sun correspondent was invited by the Police. “I will make contacts and get back to you,” Nwome promised at press time, yesterday


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