Tony Ezimakor

By Ugonnabo Ngwu

DSS operatives
DSS operatives

The Department of State Service, DSS, has without any conditions released the Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Independent, Tony Ezimakor after seven days in custody over a story on ransom payments to Boko Haram terrrorists.

Ezimakor was released to his lawyer, Barr. Douglas Ekhator at about 10:30pm Tuesday night.

The service had last Wednesday invited the journalist, an invitation he voluntarily honoured.

Accompanied by photojournalist, Jide Oyekunle, the duo were held up till 3: 00pm when Oyekunle was allowed to go, hence the start of Ezimakor’s ordeal.

He was left incommunicado as he was reportedly denied access to food, his wife and lawyer till 10pm on Wednesday night.

Ezimakor had written a story on February 21, 2018 on the release of the abducted Chibok girls and the roles played by the Swiss negotiator as well as the Nigeria collaborator.

Though the secret service failed to
publicly explained why it is holding the journalist, it was said to have been miffed at the story and wondered how the journalist had access to such classified information which they claimed that it embarrassed the Swiss Government.

Public outrage have trailed his arrest and detention with many human rights organisations, the Nigerian Union of Journalists and individuals coming out to condemn the action saying it is an affront on press freedom.

A major demonstration of civil rights activists led by Charly Boy
had been scheduled for 9am outside the DSS headquarters on Wednesday to demand the release of a detained Nigerian journalist, who have now been freed unconditionally.