Abia Police Detain, Charge Newspaper Editor with Sedition


The Associate Editor of Daily Sun newspaper, Mr. Ebere Wabara, was on March 31, 2014 charged with sedition by the Abia State Police Command.  Mr. Wabara was arraigned in absentia at an Umuahia Magistrate Court on a 10-count charge of seditious publications against Abia State Governor.

The Chief Magistrate, John Ukairo issued a bench warrant against Wabara which extended to his surety, Mr. Chuks Onuoha, the state correspondent of Daily Sun Newspaper.

In the suit No U/11/C/2014, Commissioner of Police vsEbereWabara, he was alleged to have committed sedition with his articles in Daily Sun and other local media between January and March 2014.   Wabara was accused of seditious publications in articles including; “Demystify a Master Strategy”, “Go to AkwaIbom, Weep for Abia”, “T.A. Orji’s 7 years Demystification of Kalu,” among others.

The matter was thereafter adjourned to April 10 for hearing.

On March 28, 2014, Wabara who is also the Special Assistant, Media, to Orji UzoKalu, former Abia State Governor, was arrested in a Gestapo manner by policemen from the Abia State Command from his home in Surulere, Lagos in the presence of his wife and two children.

Mr. Wabara was arrested allegedly on the orders of Mr. Theodore Orji, the Abia State governor.

The police officers from the State Criminal Investigation Department, in Umuahia, Abia State invaded Mr. Wabara’s home between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 a.m and arrested him.

He was initially taken to Sholoki Police Station in Aguda, Surulere and later taken to Oyingbo Police Station, both in Lagos and eventually taken to Umuahia in Abia State, where he was detained.

The officers reportedly identified themselves informing Wabara that an anonymous person had written a petition against him in Abia State.

Narrating how he was arrested, Mr. Wabara’s wife, Adanna Wabara, said that her husband went downstairs to take something from his car.

Mrs Wabara said “Shortly after, I heard him shouting, and I ran downstairs. I saw between seven and eight men, who said they were policemen.”

“They said he needed to follow them to Umuahia, that there was a petition against him for sedition.

“They took us back into the house, one of them brought out an I.D Card, showing that he was a policeman. They requested to search our bedroom. They did, and collected my husband’s laptop and telephone.”

Mr. Wabara was released on bail at 10.15 pm on March 29 to the Abia State Correspondent of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Chuks Onuoha. He was asked to report to the office of the Abia State Commissioner of Police on March 31 at 10 a.m.