Defamation: I was assaulted, thrown off vehicle, says Chude
An influencer, Nnamdi Chude, who was arrested and detained by the police following a petition by an oil magnate and entrepreneur, Emeka Offor, over alleged defamation of character, has narrated his ordeal in the hands of overzealous police officers attached to the Anambra State Criminal Investigation Department, Awka.
Chude was released on Friday after spending six days in several police detention facilities, including the CID facility at the defunct SARS Awkuzu, Anambra State, and the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja.
The victim on Friday, confirmed that he was arrested for alleged defamation of character following Offor’s petition over a tweet he made on Monday, March 13.
He said, “Some officers from the Anambra State cybersecurity police unit picked me up in Onitsha during the elections on Saturday, and drove me to the defunct Awkuzu SARS (now Anambra CID) in Awka.
“Immediately we got to Awkuzu SARS, I was thrown out of the vehicle boot; the officers beat me to a stupor before an officer pleaded on my behalf. The officer told them that he was informed that my case was a civil matter and not a criminal one. So, I was left alone, before the officer who pleaded on my behalf offered me a space to sleep at the counter instead of the inhumane police cell.
“The next day, I was covertly transported by road to Enugu airport, where I was flown here (FCID, Abuja). My back, arm and shoulders are strained and bruised as a result of being thrown out of the vehicle boot and the beating by police officers in Awka.
“When I got here (FCID, Abuja) I was informed that my arrest was ordered by the IG following a petition written to the police by Emeka Offor alleging defamation of his character. According to the petition, which was shown to me by the police, Mr Offor claimed that I defamed him in my March 13 tweet where I wrote that Tinubu called him to beg (Peter) Obi to accept the election result. When I got here, they were asking me to provide evidence to back my tweet but I couldn’t.
“However, I was supposed to have been released earlier on Wednesday after my lawyer perfected my bail condition, which required a Level 16 civil servant to stand as surety for my release, but I was later informed that an executive order came from the IG asking the FCID to detain me further. I was asked to apologise to Mr Offor and I have apologised to him over the tweet.”
Meanwhile, following online agitation for Chude’s whereabouts, the police revealed in a press statement on Wednesday that a petition was filed against him for allegedly violating Section 24 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015.
The NPF also revealed that a prima facie case had been established against him, adding that his case file had been forwarded to the legal department for further action.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, insisted that Chude was arrested for cyber-stalking.
Follow Us on Facebook – @LadunLiadi; Instagram – @LadunLiadi; Twitter – @LadunLiadi; Youtube – @LadunLiadiTV for updates
And you aren’t suing ?