Police Threaten Journalist, Use him as Bait to Arrest Community Leader

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Five armed operatives of the Rivers State Police Command on June 5, 2023, harassed and threatened Mr. Chinedu Orlu-Orlu, a presenter with Today 95.1 FM radio and forcibly used him as bait to lure and arrest Mr. Kingsley Victor Woko, Chairman of Rumuaholu Community Development Association in the Obio/Akpor  Local Government Area of the State

Chinedu said one of the police operatives called him on phone pretending she had a business with him. He said they stormed his office with their guns drawn. He said the policemen dialed the community leader’s number with his phone and once they saw that he had it stored in his phone, ordered him to produce Kingsley and threatened that they will detain him and deal with him if he does not.

The journalist said they took him to the community where Kingsley lives. There, they forced him to call the community leader and once he came out, they pushed him away and arrested the community leader, and by their action gave the impression that he betrayed the community leader.

The Police used Chinedu as bait because he had on several occasions interviewed Kingsley and aired the interviews and other news items about and from him.