Gov T.A Orji Orders Arrest of media critic, Ebere Wabara…whisked to Umuahia
A veteran media expert, Mr. Ebere Wabara was earlier Friday allegedly arrested at his Lagos home on the orders of Abia Governor, T.A Orji.
Wabara, also a wordsmith, had been a consistent critic of the Orji's administration.
According to his wife, Wabara was whisked from his Lagos home by a team of security agents who claimed they were sent from the Abia Government House.
She said, just as she was about to drive her kids to school, the security operatives swooped on their home and took her husband to the Aguda, Lagos police station before flying him to Abia state.
Below is the full text of the statement issued by one Odimegwu Onwumere,on behalf of the Wabara family.
In the early hours of today, Friday 28, March 2014, at his Lagos Residence and taken to Aguda police state before being taken away to Abia State, by a supposed orders of Governor Theodore Ahaefule Orji of Abia State, who was said to have ordered the Commissioner of Police in the state to effect the arrest.
It was learned that it was the radical son of the governor, Chinedu Orji, popularly known as and called Ikuku, who influenced the father to order for the arrest of Wabara.
Confirming the story to media specialist Odimegwu Onwumere, the wife of Wabara said, “In the early hours of today, I was about to drive my children to school. My husband came down to view how we were preparing unknowing to him that there was a siege. The supposedly police people arrested him and took him to Aguda police station, before informing that they were taking him to Abia State on the orders of the Governor.”
The woman added, “I am not sure when a right to opinion, which my kind-hearted husband was doing, become a crime in Nigeria. I presupposed that this is a democracy, but with the supposedly act of the governor; I am afraid that dictatorship has returned to Abia State.
“I'm calling on all media practitioners to follow-up immediately to find out, where they have taken my good-natured husband to and, make sure that he is released unconditionally. I'm calling on the authorities in the country and away, to swoop into action and fight against this inhumane act that is being meted out to my husband, as injustice to one Nigerian, is injustice to all”.
a Port Harcourt-based writer.
Date: Friday 28, March, 2014.