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Police arrest popular broadcast journalist after hosting radio show in Imo

A few police officers have detained Chinonso Uba, a radio journalist popularly known as NonsoNkwa, on Thursday morning in Owerri, Imo State.

After wrapping off his morning show on Ozisa FM, Owerri, which is hosted by Assumpta Cathedral of the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, Uba was approached and taken into custody by the police.

The operatives who were laying siege to him double-crossed him in front of the Holy Ghost College Secondary School crossroads while he was driving his Toyota Highlander SUV.

An eyewitness claimed to have seen the police officers driving a Lexus 350 SUV, an Lexus ES 330 automobile, and a Toyota Hilux.

According to the source, the operatives dragged the journalist into one of their cars before speeding away.

His car, however, was left at the scene.

The source said that before being whisked away in one of the police cars, Uba struggled with the officers and yelled that he was going to be killed.

Pleading for his safe return, the source noted that the journalist was not taken away with his car and that the policemen were all masked and wearing black and blue clothing, carrying firearms. They also stopped people from recording the incident on video.

When the incident was confirmed, Rev Fr Raymond Nzereogu, the manager of Ozisa FM, stated that the journalist had been detained by some police officers.

The priest claimed to have visited the police command headquarters and saw the journalist there, being held by the authorities.

Henry Okoye, the Public Relations Officer for the state police, responded that he was in a meeting when asked for comment.

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