The Management of the online news platform, AN24.net on Tuesday said it stands with a story written by one of its former reporters, Daniel Ojukwu, about a pastor who allegedly made attempts to lure teenage girls into illicit relationships.
This is following Ojukwu’s arrest and detention by the police at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos after the pastor in question, Chima Enukoha petitioned the police to arrest the reporter alongside one of the ladies who made the allegations against Enukoha.
A press statement signed and released by the management of AN24.net read: ,
“The story is about one Pastor Chima Enukoha, described as the Senior Pastor of the Freedom Covenant City Church (FCCC) in Surulere accused by some teenage girls of attempts to lure them into illicit relationships with him.
The story titled “Behold Pastor Who Allegedly Enjoys Luring Teenage Girls Into Illicit Relationship” was published on February 14, 2020.”
“Please see link to the story in parenthesis (Behold Pastor Who Allegedly Enjoys Luring Teenage Girls Into Illicit Relationship )
“Daniel reported that he attempted to speak with Pastor Enukoha who rebuffed him and asked him to go ahead and publish the story.
“However, the said pastor went ahead to petition the police who arrested Daniel and one of the ladies who made the said allegations against the pastor.
“The management of AN24.net has always insisted to its reporters to stick with the ethics of journalism in the discharge of their professional duties.
“We therefore stand by this story written by Mr. Ojukwu.
“We heard Daniel is being accused of conspiracy and threat to public peace, among other allegations. The Daniel we know, is just a young reporter who wants to make a mark in his profession. He is not even capable of hurting a fly let alone being involved in a conspiracy and threat to public peace.
“Although Daniel is currently not a staff or AN24.net, we are resolved to do all we can lawfully to ascertain that Daniel is innocent of the allegations being leveled against him since he did the report while he was still working with this online news platform.
“The Management of AN24.net wishes to state without any equivocation that Nigeria is a country that upholds freedom of press therefore arrest of young Daniel by Lagos Police is another dark side of the relationship between journalists and law enforcement agents.
“We therefore see Mr. Daniel’s arrest as illegal and unconstitutional. We call for his immediate and unconditional release by the Panti police station.”