Publisher/Editor in Chief of Daily Watch, Cletus Opukeme, has raised the alarm that his life is under threat by the Minister of Nigeria Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
In a statement he signed, Opukeme said: "My attention has been drawn to a clandestine move by Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godwill Akpabio, who is the supervising minister of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) using crooked Inspector General Police (IGP) Boys to abduct me and do whatever thing they were instructed to do to me over Daily Watch exposes of the monumental fraud in NDDC running to billions of naira that had attracted the Senate and House of Representatives to set up various committees to probe the commission's Interim Management Committee(IMC).
"Yesterday, the IGP boys from Abuja traced me from Abuja to the office of the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ) in Warri, Delta State and in a commando like manner abducted Mr. Matthew Omonigho who later called that he was dumped at Area Commander office in Warri.
"The Union leadership sent a delegation to the police station to know why he was arrested without reason for his arrest and bundled like a common criminal and manhandled.
"The police instead of listening to the NUJ delegation confisticated all their phones and detained them also telling them that they were a special squad sent from Abuja to arrest Mr. Cletus Opukeme, the Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief of Daily Watch.
"I want to categorically warn that the so called crooked IGP paid boys and other security operatives should stay away from Daily Watch Publications. That if Senator Godswill Akpabio or any other person feel aggrieved by our published storis. They know the right option which is to seek for redress as the court is there for them to sue Daily Watch publisher and allow the judiciary to determine if our publication is libelous and defamatiory. It is not the place of DSS, the IGP boys or any other security operatives to be used to intimidate Daily Watch over our genuine investigations which first exposed large scale of financial missapproriation in NDDC. Senator Akpabio has turned NDDC to a cash cow looting the common wealth of the people of Niger Delta and intimidation or arrest by IGP Boys /DSS cannot frighten us from doing what we know how to do best by informing the public the right information.
"The invasion of Warri NUJ office by the crooked IGP TEAM to arrest a journalist is an embarrassment to democracy in the country as journalists have freedom of expression enshrined on the nation's constitution.
"If Akpabio is aggrieved by our publications for exposing his massive looting, he should go to court and stop intimidating me with the police and ex-militants to gag the press from doing our constitutional duties
"The said IG squad member who identified himself as Reuben called one of the arrested journalists to direct them to Cletus Opukeme's residence with the following mobile phone number:08116912068.
"Quoting the reporter 'One Mr. Reuben just called now requesting to know if I have been able to see Cletus. I told him that he only called me this morning wherein I asked him to be at the Area Command with me in solidarity and he refused. Again, he asked if I know any link with which they could get him and I said No. He later cut the call.'
"Therefore, I am calling the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu to hold Niger Delta Affairs minister, Godswill Akpabio and the members of the NDDC Interim Management Committee responsible, if anything happens to my life and that of members of my immediate family.
"Similar threats were being made by unidentified members over campaign against Akpabio's massive looting by Izanzan which after a protest was made against Akpabio and his NDDC IMC within a week assassins shot dead the vibrant and resourceful spokesman, Comrade Famous Believe on the 18th May, 2020, and which the police is investigating the murderers till now."