Police IGP’s Monitoring Unit Summons Journalists from Enugu to Abuja

Kayode Egbetokun
Police IG

On August 12, 2023, the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit of the Nigeria Police summoned  three journalists – Mr. Petrus Obi of Everyday NewsNgr, Mr. Ignatius Okpara of the African Examiner, and Mr. Clinton Umeh of Journalists 101, who are all based in Enugu, to report in Abuja on August 14, 2023, to answer to allegations of “criminal conspiracy, cyberstalking, injurious falsehood, conduct likely to cause breach of public peace and criminal defamation with intent to incite”.

The summon was made in a letter signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) A. A. Elleman, Head of the Unit,  following allegations leveled against the journalists by Dr. Monday Nwite Igwe,  Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Enugu.

The invitation followed news stories and articles published by the journalists about happenings at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Enugu, including the closure of the hospital’s School of Post Basic Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in Enugu, both of which Dr. Igwe exercises supervision over.

However, the matter was resolved and they did not have to go to Abuja.