Chidiebube Okeoma, Punch News Journalist Brutalized by Civil Defense Operatives in Imo State

The operatives of the Nigerian Civil Defense corps who’re attached to the Federal Girls Government College, Imo state have arrested and brutalized one Mr Chidiebube Okeoma, a Punch Newspaper Journalist, and claiming he is a ESN/IPOB spy in the state.


Mr Chidiebube Okeoma was forcefully arrested by NSCDC operatives at the front gate FGGC, Owerri, where he was going to meet the principal of the school for a word over a viral video, where a senior student FGGC was seen bullying a junior student.


He explained himself and his mission to the NCDC operatives but the didn’t take his  words for it. The was arrested, and bundled him to their command headquarters where he was brutalized. He was released after he was interrogated by a senior officer, but that was after they have smashed his phone and inflicting several injuries on him. The journalist, while narrating his ordeal, said,


“We were at the FGGC, Owerri, to meet the school’s principal over a viral video where a senior student of the school was seen bullying a junior student. At the gate, the security men (NSCDC officers) stopped us and on inquiry, they said that the principal was not around.


“I asked them to take us to the vice-principal and they said he was not on seat. I asked them to take me to the next-in-command; they asked me to return next week. I told them that it was urgent, and this was when they started bullying me.


“Thereafter, two armed NSCDC officers emerged and started beating me. One of them hit me with the butt of his rifle and my head was broken. While in a pool of blood, they dragged me barefoot to their command headquarters like a common criminal. While I was being dragged to their headquarters, one of the officers said I came to kidnap the students. He labelled me a member of the Eastern Security Network.


“At their command headquarters, I was interrogated by a senior officer and was later allowed to go. I immediately went to a hospital and was treated. I have gone to the Shall Camp Police Division to make a statement.”


The reporter, who noted that one of the officers threatened to kill him, said he reported the matter at a police station in the area. He was later treated at the Chapel Group Hospital, Ikenegbu-Owerri, after he lost a lot of blood.


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