Two months later, family has yet to see Imo Broadcasting Corporation staff arrested for playing ‘offensive’ song to governor


ONYINYECHI Uzomah, the wife of Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) owned Orient TV/FM station staff Casmir Chinonye Uzomah shouted at the Imo state government and the Department of State Services (SSD) to free her husband.

The DSS reportedly arrested Casmir on August 4 for playing a song deemed “offensive” to the governor.

“They should please release my husband. I don’t work and my children have to go to school.

“My husband, Casmir, was arrested on August 4 by the DSS in Imo. They said he played a song that insulted the governor. I haven’t seen him since then,” the mother-of-five said. children.

Casmir, a technical department staff member of Orient Fm/Television, a station of the Imo Broadcasting Corporation, left home that day hoping to return to his family but has not returned since. .

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He was arrested after playing bongo music whose lyrics were deemed offensive to Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma.

“My sister-in-law called me that day and told me that they had arrested my husband.

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“She said I had to take care of the children. His phone hasn’t worked since then,” she said.

According to Onyinyechi, Casmir’s older sister went to the DSS office but was not allowed to see him: “They didn’t allow anyone to see him,” she added.

In a conversation with ICIR, Casmir’s older brother, Chidi Uzomah, has confirmed that his brother is still being held by the DSS and does not know when he will be released.

“Casmir is still in the DSS premises. He was invited by the DSS on August 4, 2022 after a request was made to him by IMO State Information Commissioner Declan Emelumba.

“The reason is that he played Bongo music that was critical of the state government.

“Since then he has been held by the DSS and all efforts to free him have not worked.

Chidi said he had written to the Information Commissioner and copied a traditional leader and others, but no positive response.

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“We wrote to Information Commissioner, copied HRH Eze Ok eke Eze Imo State, copied Ministry of Information (Chief), copied DG IBC, met Archbishop of Owerri Diocese His Grace Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji for help to talk with the governor, but no way. ”

According to him, he also met with human rights lawyers, who helped write to the DSS to free Casmir without success.

“In the meantime, I personally wrote to the Director of the DSS, whose letter was submitted on Monday October 3, 2022, before forgetting that our lawyer had asked for bail earlier in August, when he was detained. Still, no response,” he said.

Speaking about this in a conversation with our reporter, Imo State Radio and Television Presenters Association President Jerry Osuji said the association is working hard to make release Casmir.

“We are already discussing it at the highest level. He works at Orient FM/Television’s technical unit, Imo Broadcasting Corporation. We all belonged to the same institution,

“I spoke to DG IBC; he assured me that he wanted to know how such a song got to the station.

Osuji, who also works at the same station as Casmir as a TV presenter, said on a personal note that he tried to galvanize the workers to visit his wife and also made an effort to get to the office. from the DSS to see it.

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“I made an effort; I was there on Monday to try and see him even though we went mainly to tell the DSS director about our upcoming program, I still made an effort to see Casmir but they asked me to write an official letter,” Osuji said.

State Information Commissioner Declan Emelumba described the song played by Casmir which led to his detention by the DSS, as highly offensive and defamatory.

Emelumba, in a telephone conversation with ICIR, wondered the motive behind the airing of such a song on a state-owned radio station.

“I was told he played a song on IBC which was very offensive, calling the Governor a murderer.

“This man actually played a song that says the governor is a murderer and blood is running down his hand.

“Even NBC questioned IBC for playing such a song.

“I am in no way responsible for his arrest; I was told that he brought the song from outside and played it on the radio. What is his motive for doing this? He asked.

Emelumba asked us to go to the DSS for more details as neither he nor the Imo state government had anything to do with his arrest.

Efforts to speak to the DSS about this were unsuccessful.

IMO Director of State Services Wilcox Idaminabo in a telephone conversation with CIRI Wednesday, promised to confirm the report and get back to our reporter. However, it has not done so at the time of filing this report.

He also did not respond to text messages and WhatsApp messages sent to his mobile number.

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