Radio Worker Detained for Airing ‘Offensive’ Song against Nigerian Governor Released after Two Months

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Mr. Casmir Chinonye Uzomah

Mr. Casmir Chinonye Uzomah, a staff in the technical department of Orient FM/Television, operated by the Imo State-owned Broadcasting Station, who was arrested on August 4, 2022, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) for playing a song on the radio station, which was considered “offensive” to the State Governor, Mr. Mr. Hope Uzodinma,  was released on October 15, 2022 after spending more than two months in custody without trial

Following his arrest and detention without trial, individuals and organisations using different media began to call for his release.

Although Declan Emelumba, the Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, claimed that Casmir played “a criminal, libelous and extremely subversive song against His Excellency, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo state, while on duty at the radio station” on August 4, he however denied that Casmir was detained on the orders of the state government.

The Commissioner said Casmir was detained for that long because the DSS wanted to ensure that investigation into the reason why Uzomah was detained is not jeopardised.