Emeh James Anyalekwa

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Born (1982-03-27) March 27, 1982 (age 40)
NationalityNigerian
CitizenshipNigeria
OccupationJournalist

Emeh James Anyalekwa (born 27 March 1982) is a journalist[1]. He is the founder and executive director of popular media outlet, Igbere TV.[2]

Early life and education

Anyalekwa was born on 27th March, 1982 in Aba, Abia, the commercial city of Abia State. He hails from Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia. He started his education at Railway Halt Primary School, and Sacred Heart College - both in Aba - before gaining admission to study Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Port Harcourt, in Rivers State.

Professional career

Years after his university education, Anyalekwa became a blogger after undergoing some training and taking the necessary professional courses in the industry. Anyalekwa obtained his website domain www.Igberetvnews.com in 2010 and started operating Igbere TV, an Abuja-based media outlet[3].

Anyalekwa is currently the National President of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN)[4] and a Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Senate Chief Whip and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

Igbere TV Awards

On November 28, 2019 Igbere TV organised the maiden "Leadership Excellence Awards[5][6]" at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja which saw captain of industries, sitting governors and senators[7], entertainers, actors/actress[8], serving ministers and presidential aides[7] in attendance.

The maiden show saw Dr. Godwin Maduka, founder of Las Vegas Pain Institute, United States emerging 2019 Man of the Year, while Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari was given award of integrity. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State was named governor of the year[6].

Controversies

DSS Abducts Anyalekwa

Anyalekwa was in 2016 abducted by men of the State Security Service (Nigeria) from his Uyo, Akwa Ibom residence in the presence of his wife and children over alleged anti-Buhari and pro-Biafra publications[9].

The men took away his laptops, phones, his wife’s phones and every digital device in sight after ransacking their apartment[9]. It was believed that the Presidency wasn't happy with Anyalekwa over Igbere Tv’s persistent Biafra publications.

Arrest Order

In March, 2020 Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered for the arrest of Anyalekwa, following a publication that appeared on his platform, Igbere TV[10].

The story, which was first published by "Nigerian Concord", claimed that the court had concluded plans to jail at all cost, a former Benue governor Gabriel Suswam, who is standing trial over alleged N3.1 billion fraud.

Anyalekwa Goes Missing

Days after the court ordered Igbere TV boss's arrest[10], Anyalekwa was declared missing March 12 precisely[11]. He was allegedly taken away to an unknown destination where his abductors gained unfettered access to his media platform using his phone, deleting select publications and planting some stories targeted at influential individuals.

Rumored Death

Following the kidnap of Anyalekwa, several news outlets reported that the Igbere TV boss had been "murdered"[12][13][14][15]. This followed a publication later discovered to have been planted by his abductors on Igbere TV website with the caption, "Breaking: Igbere TV Boss Dead". It later turned out to be false[16][17][18].

Anyalekwa was found the following day March 13, 2020 in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) after which he was admitted at the hospital for medical attention[19]

References

  1. Editor (2020-08-31). "How Emeh James Anyalekwa Makes Enough Money Through Blogging". EBONYI TV NEWS. Retrieved 2020-08-31. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  2. "Igbere TV Maiden Awards to Hold Nov 28 at Sheraton Hotels Abuja". Ndokwa Reporters. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Editor (2020-08-31). "How Emeh James Anyalekwa Makes Enough Money Through Blogging". EBONYI TV NEWS. Retrieved 2020-08-31. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. PUO (2 April 2018). "Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria Gets New National Executive Council". puoreports. Retrieved 26 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Igbere TV Leadership Excellence Award to honour Ugwuanyi, Orji". Vanguard News. 2019-10-25. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Buhari, Lawan, others for leadership award". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 2019-11-12. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Igbere TV Confirms Sen. Okorocha, Sen. Ita Enang, Sir Udensi, Other Ahead Of 2019 Leadership Awards". Abuja Press. Retrieved 2020-06-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Editor, Abn (2019-12-03). "Popular Actress Blasted for Going 'Pantless' at Igbere TV Awards (Photos)". ABN TV. Retrieved 2020-06-26. Rosy Meurer was on Thursday named “Best Actress of the Year (2019)” in the just concluded Leadership Excellence Awards. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Controversial Nigerian Blogger and Editor of Igbere TV Allegedly Arrested by DSS". tori ng. Retrieved 20 June 2020. The men took away his Laptops, his phones, his wife’s phones and every digital device in sight after ransacking their apartment{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Justice Abang Orders EFCC, DSS, Police to Arrest Igbere TV Boss, Anyalekwa". Tnc24. Retrieved 26 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Igbere TV Boss, Anyalekwa Kidnapped In Abuja". Konnect Press. 2020-03-13. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  12. Akintoye, Ayanfeoluwa (2020-03-13). "IgbereTV Boss 'Emeh James Anyalekwa' Is Dead". EKO HOT BLOG. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  13. "Who Killed Igbere TV owner?: Igbere TV founder abducted, found dead in Abuja". Kanyi Daily. 2020-03-13. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  14. Journalist, Jungle (2020-03-13). "UPDATE on Igbere TV and alleged kidnap of its boss, James Anyalekwa". Jungle Journalist Media Limited. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  15. KingDaniel (2020-03-14). "Heavy lost: Nnamdi kanu supporter killed in Abuja, left behind wife and daughter". Global Alat. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  16. "Coded Boom - Destination For Coded Updates n Politics, Technology". Coded Boom. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  17. Editor, Abn Tv (2020-03-13). "UPDATE: Igbere TV Website, Facebook Page Hacked After The Abduction Of Its Boss In Abuja (Photos)". ABN TV. Retrieved 2020-06-26. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  18. Nigeria, Online; Webby (2020-03-15). "UPDATE: Igbere TV founder abducted but not murdered – Facebook page hacked". OnlineNigeria.com. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  19. Editor, Abn Tv (2020-03-13). "BREAKING: Igbere TV Boss Regains Freedom". ABN TV. Retrieved 2020-06-26. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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