Arrested Labour Party Supporter Regains Freedom, Tenders Apology To Emeka Offor
Popular Labour Party supporter, Chude Nnamdi with Twitter handle @chude__, has regained freedom after 6 days in police custody.
Naija News reported that Chude was arrested in Onitsha, Anambra State on Saturday, March 18, 2023, during the governorship and house of assembly election and flown to Abuja for questioning.
The arrest sparked outrage on social media with many people including former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, calling for his immediate release.
It was initially alleged that the Anambra state governor, Charles Soludo was behind the arrest but the state governor through his media aide released a statement denying the claims, stating that it had no hand in Chude’s arrest.
However, the Nigeria Police Force in a statement by its spokesperson Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed Chude’s arrest.
According to the statement, Chude was being investigated by the Nigeria Police Force National Cyber Crime Centre, Abuja, for cyber-stalking, over a petition about his activities on social media, which contravenes the provision of Section 24 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and other criminal laws.
Following his release on Friday, Chude took to his Twitter handle to thank everyone for calling for his release and shared a video apologizing to Nigerian entrepreneur, Emeka Offor, for posting an unverified claim about him.
In his apology video, Chude said, ‘’I want to apologise to Sir Emeka Offor over the tweet I made. As at the time I made the tweet it was unverified and it wasn’t to malign his name in anyway. I am just a concerned Nigerian for democracy. I thought I should lend my voice for good governance and I hold him in high esteem as a respected Igbo leader”