Journalist beaten for Facebook post on Ebonyi Gov.

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OrijoReporter.com, Charles Otu

Charles Otu, publisher of Conscience, a local newspaper in Ebonyi State, was at weekend in Abakaliki, the state capital, beaten to a stupor over negative reports he published on the state governor, Dave Umahi on Facebook.

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The attack on Otu was said to have been carried out by some youths loyal to Gov. Umahi. However, the governor has denied them through his Technical Assistant on Media, Lawrence Egede.

Egede said it was wrong to beat journalists in the line of duty, saying that government would do everything possible to track down the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Narrating how he was attacked, Otu said, “The thugs accosted me at the Vanco Junction arrived in a 16-seater Toyota bus with the inscription of Ekubaraoha Youth Assembly.

“They accused me of being a threat to a state government and threatened to silence me unless I signed a written undertaking never to write anything against the state government. I collapsed at the police station having lost consciousness due to the severe beating they gave me but I was revived at the emergency ward of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.”

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