Local News

Ahead of planned mass protest, DSS frees detained journalist

Three years after, DSS gets new spokesman
By Editor

Ahead of a mass protest by some Civil Society Organisations(CSO) the Department of State Security has hurried released a detained journalist in its custody.

The journalist, Tony Ezimakor, is the Abuja Bureau Chief of Independent newspaper. He was arrested last week by the DSS for publishing a story on the alleged payment of $2 million to the Boko Haram terrorists for the release of some of the abducted Chibok girls.

Read also: Ambode rises in defence of widely criticised new Lagos land use charge law

The DSS let him go on Tuesday night, as the organisations had finalized plans to storm its headquarters Wednesday over the continued detention of Ezimakor, without granting him access to his lawyers or family members.

There are claims that he was asked to disclose his source of information as a condition for his release.

One of the organizers of the planned protest, Deji Adeyanju had announced on his Twitter handle, that “SSS bows to pressure, releases Journalist Tony Ezimakor. We will not allow Nigeria to slide to the era of Decree 4 of 1984.

“PROTEST in front of their headquarters tomorrow morning is herby suspended.

“Thanks to everyone”.


RipplesNigeria… without borders, without fears

Click here to join the Ripples Nigeria WhatsApp group for latest updates.

Join the conversation


About the author


We are an online newspaper, very passionate about Nigerian politics, business and their leaders. We dig deeper, without borders and without fears.