Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) Sunday arrested journalist and activist, Chido Onumah.
The journalist who had just returned to Nigeria from Spain, was arrested at the Abuja airport on Sunday evening
He arrived via a Lufthansa airline and was waiting for his luggage at about 5:00 p.m. when he was arrested.
Onumah, one of the leading advocates for the protection of whistleblowers and coordinator of African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), is believed to have been taken to the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
Confirming his arrest, AFRICMIL in a statement, demanded the immediate release of the journalist.
“AFRICMIL condemns in strong terms the unjustifiable arrest of Mr Onumah and demands his immediate and unconditional release,” AFRICMIL spokesman Abdulaziz Abdulaziz said in the statement.
“Waylaying law-abiding citizens should not be turned into the preoccupation of an entire security outfit.”
The DSS is, however, yet to speak on Onumah’s arrest.