Police arrest Imo monarch over social media post
From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
The Imo State Police command has arrested the traditional ruler of Umucheke, Umuobom in Ideato South Local Government Area of the state, Eze Ekene Obinali for sharing a publication that was against Governor Hope Uzodimma on the social media. Our correspondent gathered from a credible source that the monarch was whisked away on Wednesday after he had shared a scandalous publication indicting the state governor, Hope Uzodimma, on a WhatsApp platform.
The embattled traditional ruler reportedly reposted the write up on a WhatsApp group platform called Ideato Voice on March 20.
Confirming the incident, the administrator of the platform, Vitus Ezenwa, said that he was the first to be arrested by the police but was granted bail after the police apprehended the traditional ruler. Explaining the nature of the publication, Ezenwa said that it allegedly traced the circumstances leading to the gruesome murder of former political adviser to the president, Ahmed Gulak, in Imo State. He said: “I am the witness to this. I was arrested by the police over the post because I am the administrator of the platform where it was made, Ideato Voice platform. I was detained until the royal father was arrested and currently detained.
“The post was made on March 20. The police granted me bail after the traditional ruler was arrested. I was asked to be reporting at the police everyday till further notice.”
Police spokesman in the state, Henry Okoye, confirmed the arrest, saying that the matter was under investigation.