An Abuja based journalist and president of the Association of Igede Media Professionals has been arrested by operatives of the DSS on the order of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Mr Sunday Egena Odeh works with the Peoples Daily, an Abuja based newspaper.
It was gathered that on Friday evening, at Karu, armed men policemen and DSS operatives who said they were acting at the behest of the Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom picked up the President of the Association of Igede Media Professionals, Mr Sunday Egena Odeh.
They told Mr Odeh that the Governor wanted to see him in connection with his press statements.
The Igede Media Professionals Association of which Mr Odeh is President, has been critical of the way Dr Ortom has handled security issues in Benue State, especially between the Bonta Tiv ( where 12 soldiers were killed in cold blood) in Konshisha Local Government and Ukpute (the Igede) in Oju Local Government.
A statement late Friday by Egah Egiri said the Governor had reportedly threatened to deal with Mr Sunday Odeh over the association’s criticism, adding that in his heyday, he would have since sent an assasination squad to take care of Sunday Egena Odeh.
He said, “Mr Odeh shared this information with not a few confidants. He was arrested this evening with his cousin, Johnson Ubeh who was later released when Sunday Egena Odeh showed up.
“The fellows that arrested him said they were police and DSS personnel. They said they were taking him to Governor Ortom in Makurdi.
“We are worried that harm may befall Sunday Egena Odeh given the fury of the Governor and his self-professed/confessed past.
“As stated earlier, his arrest is not unconnected with the group’s views on the sloppy handling of the crisis between Bonta in Konshisha and Ukpute in Oju Local Governments area of Benue which snowballed into the killing of twelve soldiers.
“We wonder on whose order Mr Sunday Egena Odeh was arrested in the first place given the fact that the courts have been on strike!”