A senior reporter cum presenter with the African Independent Television, AIT, Amaechi Anakwue, has allegedly been detained in abuja on the orders of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Joseph Mbu for referring to him as ‘controversial’ during a TV programme on the station, Matters Arising.
According to management of AIT, the journalist was invited to Mr Mbu’s office Wednesday afternoon where he was immediately detained.
The management in a statement issued on their official Facebook page, called for the unconditional release of Mr. Anakwue.
“The management of DAAR communications owners of AIT, Raypower, Faaji FM and DAAR Sat has demanded the unconditional and immediate release of its senior correspondent Amaechi Anakwue who is presently in detention following a order from Joseph Mbu, AIG Zone 7.
“Joseph Mbu had ordered the arrest of the ace journalist for calling him ‘controversial’ during a TV programme”, the statement read.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that Mr. Anakwue was first invited by Mbu last Friday but he did not honor the invitation after his employers complained that the letter was addressed to the reporter in his personal capacity.
A subsequent invitation was served on the media house on Monday.
Mr. Anakwue and AIT’s Chief security Officer were subsequently dispatched to see the AIG on Tuesday.
After a long wait for Mr. Mbu, who was said to be at the presidential villa, both men were asked to report back the following day.
Mr. Anakwe was detained on their second visit.