A radio worker in Imo State, South-east Nigeria, has remained in detention for two months now after he was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) for playing a song considered “offensive” to the Governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma, via the station.
The detained worker, Casmir Uzomah, is a staff member of the Orient Radio-Television Station, which is managed by the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), a media outfit owned by the Imo State Government.
He works in the technical department of the station. He was arrested on 4 August, according to a report by investigative journalists, within the state.
The wife, Onyinyechi, has appealed to the state government and the SSS to free her husband.
“They should please free my husband. I am not working, and my children need to go to school.”
“They said he played a song that was abusing the Hope Uzodinma. I have not seen him since then,” Mrs Onyinyechi, a mother of five, said, according to the ICIR report.
“My Sister-in-law called me on that day and told me that they have arrested my husband.
“She said I should take care of the children. (Calls to) his phone has not been going (through) since then,” she added.
Governor Hope Uzodinma is widely unpopular in Imo state, and will be standing in fr re-election against the more influential PDP and APGA in the coming election.
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