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Nigeria: Detained Journalist Regains Freedom

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A reporter with the Basis of Investigative Journalism (FIJ), Daniel Ojukwu, who was detained by the Police has regained freedom.

A police officer and a member of workers with Daniel’s organisation confirmed the event to Day by day Belief on Friday.

Day by day Belief had reported how Ojukwu was kidnapped on Could 1 by the cops on the “orders from the above”.

In efforts to know his whereabouts, a personal detective employed by FIJ tracked the final energetic location of his telephones to an tackle in Isheri Olofin, a location FIJ now believes was the place the police initially picked him up.

Ojukwu’s household, consequently, knew about his detention at Panti, the place they had been made to know the authorities had been accusing him of violating the 2015 Cybercrime Act.

The police gave FIJ’s legal professionals and negotiators — led by Omoyele Sowore, writer of SaharaReporters; Jide Oyekunle, chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists FCT Correspondent’s Chapel; and Bukky Shonibare, chairman of FIJ’s Board of Trustees — stringent bail situations.

On Thursday, after a protest march by civil society organisations on the Pressure Headquarters for his launch, the police mentioned he can be launched.

Abimbola Ojenike, Managing Associate of Slingstone LP, FIJ’s legal professional, mentioned, “Daniel Ojukwu’s case is among the most egregious instances of human rights violation and misuse of the powers of the Police towards journalists.

“This won’t go unchallenged. There is a important public curiosity in Daniel’s human rights enforcement motion that goes past simply this violation. The constitutional proper to free speech is useless if journalists can now not expose the malfeasance in authorities officers with out concern or oppression.”


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