DSS Arrests Journalist And Activist Chido Onumah

The said Journalist Activist Chido Onumah

The Department of State Services has arrested a journalist-activist, Mr. Chido Onumah.

As reported by various media outlets and also shared on various social media sites, Mr. Onumah, a journalist and author, was arrested at the Abuja airport on Sunday evening.

It was reported that Onumah had just returned to Nigeria from Spain, where he had obtained a PhD in communication studies.

Onumah is the author of a book titled, ‘We Are All Biafrans.’

Meanwhile, activists have condemned Onumah’s arrest and detention.

National Coordinator of the Human Rights Writers Association, Emmanuel Onwubiko; and the Executive Director of the Civil Societies Legislative and Advocacy Centre, Awual Musa (Rafsanjani) in separate interviews with The PUNCH, condemned the arrest, describing it as “an affront on civil liberties.”

Onwubiko said, “It is obvious to us now that this country is sliding into a state of tyranny.”

Attempts to get an official reaction from the spokesperson of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, were futile.

Calls to his mobile telephone number were neither picked nor returned.

A response to a text message sent to him was still being awaited as at the time of filing this report (7:12pm).

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