Broadcaster in 2-month-detention for airing alleged anti-Uzodinma’s song  

185, Casmir Uzomah
Casmir Uzomah

A broadcaster with Orient Radio-Television Station, Casmir Uzomah, has been subjected to detention in the last two months for airing a song considered offensive to Gov. Hope Uzodinma.  

Orient where Uzomah is a staff, is under the management of the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), which is owned by the state government. 

His wife, Onyinyechi, in an interview with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), said he has been in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, since August 4 at the instance of the state government for airing the song viewed as being anti-Uzodinma in official quarters in the state.  

Alongside the broadcaster’s brother, and unnamed colleague, they said he has been incommunicado alleging the DSS of denying them access to him.  

Justifying the detention, the information commissioner in Imo, Emelumba, said, “I was told that he played a song on IBC which was very offensive, calling the governor a murderer. This man actually played a song that says the governor is a murderer and that blood is flowing in his hand. Even the NBC queried the IBC for playing such a song.” 

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