DSS reacts to a reported journalist of one Chido Onumah, a journalist who just returned from Spain
The Department of State Services, DSS, has reacted to the reported arrest of a journalist, Chido Onumah.
DSS had picked up the columnist yesterday upon his return to Nigeria from Spain where he recently bagged a doctorate in communication studies.
Reacting to his arrest, the secret police explained that it only interacted with him on a t-shirt he wore on his way into Abuja town from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, DSS said the wordings on the t-shirt: “We are all Biafrans,” was capable of attracting mob attack to Onumah.
The statement reads: “To set the records right, Onumah was never arrested by the Service. He was rather engaged in an interaction during which an act of his capable of undermining public order and national security was explained to him.
“The interaction between Onumah and the Service held in a convivial atmosphere. He appreciated the courtesies extended to him. Afterwards, the Service arranged for him to go back to his accommodation in town.
“It is hoped that this clarification has dispelled the erroneous claims and reportage that he was arrested. The Service acted within the confines of its mandate and only carried out its routine security duty that could have been discharged by a similar agency in any part of the world.
It is not out of place for concerned security agencies to have sought clarification from a traveller concerning a subject of security interest.
“The DSS reaffirms its avowed commitment to the rule of law and protection of citizens and national critical assets.”