The alleged abducted owner of a popular online news medium, NaijaLive TV.Com, Comrade Mienpamo Onitsha Saint, has been traced to the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state.
Family sources confirmed that the officials of the DSS also confirmed that Comrade Mienpamo Onitsha Saint was arrested over a report on the purported moves by the State House of Assembly to impeach the state deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewrhujakpor.
Our correspondent also gathered that the DSS is set to charge him to court on Monday over alleged fake news and conduct capable of disrupting public peace.
Attempts to, however, confirm from the officials of the DSS, Bayelsa command, failed as our correspondent was turned back from the gate.
It would be recalled that the reported abduction of Comrade Mienpamo Onitsha Saint in the early hours of Saturday by some unidentified men from his home off INEC road in Kpansia area of the state sparked outrage among journalists and residents of the state capital.
According to his relatives, his mobile phones were seized and he was worn a similar mask and whisked away in hand cuffs along the mobile phones of relative at the house during the abduction.
According to one of the relatives, who pleaded anonymity, the armed men numbering five came into the compound with a ladder and entered into his residence through the back door which was opened because Mienpamo Onitsha Saint was busy working on his lap top.
Mr. Agidee Theophilus, the convener, Yenagoa Media Forum, in his reaction stated that the media community in the state is in outrage over the arrest of Mienpamo Onitsha Saint.
According to him, “this is another, in a series of calamitous events that has befallen men and women of the besieged fourth estate of the realm in the state. Saint who is also the CEO of Naijalive TV, a YouTube channel was said to have been whisked in Yenagoa, by unknown men.
“Rights group, Yenagoa Media Forum joins other members of the pen fraternity to condemn the abduction of the media practitioner who in recent times has published scathing reports about key political actors in the Bayelsa state government.”
“While the painful memory of the unresolved murder of journalist, Famous Giobaro, is still fresh in our minds, we urge the Bayelsa state police command to do everything within its powers to resolve the matter within the shortest possible time.”
“Our work as journalists in the state is almost a thankless job while dissenting voices are treated as pariahs. For those who have instigated this shameful act, let’s be reminded of the very insightful statement by the late US President John F. Kennedy on freedom of the press: Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed.”
“That is why our press was protected by the constitution not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants” but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mould, educate and sometime even anger public opinion.
“If you want the press to show you respect, then start showing them some. We are your friends and not your enemies.”