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Imo journalist accuses lawmaker of assault

A journalist in Imo State, Ike Nwosu, has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, over alleged assault by a lawmaker at the state House of Assembly, Frank Ugboma.

The petition addressed to the CP stated that the lawmaker who represents Oguta constituency ordered his aides to beat him up and throw him out of the Assembly complex over a report which infuriated the lawmaker.

He alleged that the lawmaker threatened to come after him and members of his family.

The petition read in part, “My life is under threat sir, please intervene. Barr Frank Ugboma, member, Imo State House of Assembly, representing Oguta LGA, ordered his thugs to batter me in the presence of the security agents and members of the public over an allegation that a story in the Eastern Lead Newspaper originated from me.

“Sir, your intervention is imperative on the need to caution the man as my health conditions since the incident has worsened.

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“If they had taken only my belongings such as the Itel phone, my reading glasses and the little cash on me without the torture, it would have been better. I therefore plead that Hon Frank should be cautioned.”

But the lawmaker said the journalist was creating enmity between him and the Majority Leader of the House, Uche Ogbuagu.

He said that while the matter had been taken to court, the journalist still wrote a report that the Majority Leader described him as a “lukewarm” lawmaker.

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