By Joseph Edegbo
Kaduna (Nigeria)-The Department of State Service (DSS) has released the Bureau Chief of Daily Independent, Tony Ezimakor unconditionally after 7 days in custody over a publication.
Ezimakor was released on Tuesday to his lawyer, Barr.Douglas Ekhator at about 10:30pm
The Service had Wednesday last week invited the journalist, an invitation he voluntarily honoured. Accompanied by Photojournalist, Jide Oyekunle, the two journalists were held up till 3: 00pm when Oyekunle was allowed to go. And so began Ezimakor’s ordeal.
Ezimakor had written a story on February 22nd 2018 on the release of the abducted Chibok girls and the roles played by the Swiss negotiator as well as the Nigeria collaborator.
The service is 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 trailed his arrest and detention with many human rights organisations and individuals in Nigeria coming out to condemn the action saying it was an a front on press freedom.