SSS ar­rests, re­leases jour­nal­ist

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

The op­er­a­tives of the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice at­tached to the Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day de­tained Daily Sun jour­nal­ist over news re­port pub­lished by the news­pa­per.

Mr Iheana­cho Nwosu, a deputy edi­tor with the news­pa­per, re­ported yes­ter­day how an SSS op­er­a­tive ex­changed blows with a po­lice­man at the venue of the on­go­ing over park­ing space on Tues­day.

Nwosu was picked by se­cret agents at about 2pm yes­ter­day. He was taken to their of­fice within the Na­tional Ju­di­cial In­sti­tute (NJI) com­plex.

Nwosu, who is one of the dozens jour­nal­ists ac­cred­ited to cover the con­fer­ence, said he was de­tained for over 30 min­utes and re­leased af­ter some jour­nal­ists be­sieged the area where he was be­ing de­tained.

The op­er­a­tives tried to deny the re­port but when he showed them the pic­ture of the fisticuff, they mel­lowed down say­ing the re­port was em­bar­rass­ing to them.

Af­ter the ple­nary re­sumed around 4pm yes­ter­day some del­e­gates con­demned the ar­rest of the jour­nal­ist. Del­e­gate, Niyi Ak­in­tola, raised a point of or­der and con­demned the ac­tion, say­ing it was un­demo­cratic for se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives to in­fringe on the rights of a jour­nal­ist per­form­ing his du­ties.

The deputy chair­man of the con­fer­ence, Pro­fes­sor Bo­laji Akinyemi said se­cu­rity agencies should re­spect the rights of people car­ry­ing out their du­ties.

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