Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Ezimakor: NUJ demands apology from DSS

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, is to demand apology from the Department of State Services, DSS, over the alleged illegal detention of one of its member, Mr Tony Ezimakor.

Ezimakor, who is the Abuja, Bureau Chief of the Daily Independent Newspapers, was detained for over one week by the service, following his invitation to the DSS headquarters in Abuja, over yet to be ascertained reasons.

NUJ, National President, Comrade Waheed Odusile, made this known when the detained journalist paid a thank you visit on the union.

He said the union would write a strongly worded letter to the DSS demanding an apology over the unlawful detention of its member, noting that no reason has been given for the one-week detention of Mr. Ezimakor.

The national president disclosed that the union may resort to legal redress in event the service refuses to apologise to the aggrieved journalist and the union to serve as a deterrent to the service and the other security agencies.

Odusile, who commended members for their advocacy towards the release of Mr. Ezikamor, said efforts by the union, which had scheduled to hold a press briefing on the continued detention of its member paid off with his release on eve of the scheduled briefing.

Earlier, Chairman, NUJ, FCT Council, Mr Paul Ella, commended all those who made efforts to ensure the release of the bureau chief, and cautioned media practitioners to be cautious and security conscious while discharging their duties.

On his part, Ezimakor appreciated union leadership and members for their intervention on his behalf, noting that there was no end to the tale of his experience in the service custody.

He said God worked, through the people, by raising a global tempest of action that led to his release, noting that it is illegal once freedom is abridged and it could happen to anybody.

Ezimakor, who said the solidarity and unity towards his release was unprecedented, decried the fact that journalists have become an endangered species, even as he raised concern over his personal safety.

Speaking further, he said though the media has overwhelming power, it does not reflect in their lives and his detention has brought this to the fore, just as he made case for media welfare to be addressed.

 

Similarly, NUJ, FCT Council’s, Legal Counsel and National Coordinator, Proactive Gender Initiative, Barr Esther Uzoma, said it was thing of joy to have been a part of the struggle for his release, noting that there was need to constantly engage and challenge the state because a lot of things are not going right.

She said the law is rubbished when a man who submits himself to the law is detained for over one week, just as she urged member to see Ezimakor’s ordeal as an individual struggle but a collective effort to achieve results. 

 

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