June 9, 2024

Central News

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Soyinka-style invasion of live radio show: Police start orderly room trial of invaders of ABN TV/Radio station

ABIA State Commissioner of Police Kenwchukwu Onwuemelie has visited the ABN TV/Radio station where policemen barged in on a live programme and destroyed studio equipment while arresting the on-air guest.
Now, an agreement is being tinkered out for a truce, and replacement of equipment damaged during an “illegal police raid” of the station.
In a statement, the police high command says “necessary disciplinary action” is sure to be taken. Read this:
“Abia State Police Command wishes to address the recent incident involving the arrest carried out by some police personnel at an online radio studio in Umuahia.
Preliminary investigations into the incident indicate that the police officers who made the arrest, conducted themselves unprofessionally.
“This is because, while there is no law prohibiting a police officer from making an arrest in a studio, the facts surrounding the particular case being investigated by the police officers do not warrant such actions.
“The Commissioner of Police, Abia State Command, visited ABN TV/Radio on 17/1/24, where he conducted an on-the-spot assessment. He had discussions with the director of ABN TV/Radio, and apologized for the conduct of the officers. The matter was resolved amicably.
However, the officers have been defaulted and their orderly room trial commences today 18/1/2023. If found guilty they will be disciplined accordingly.
“The Abia State Police Command is committed to maintaining a professionally-competent, service-driven, rule-of-law compliant, and people-friendly Police Force, in line with the vision of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Ebetokun, PhD.”