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How Police Release Detained Journalist Daniel Ojukwu Amidst Public Outcry


How Police Release Detained Journalist Daniel Ojukwu Amidst Public Outcry


Afor Kenneth

The Nigerian Police authorities have freed Daniel Ojukwu, the journalist who was detained while working with the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).

Ojukwu, whose disappearance and unreachable phone numbers raised concerns among colleagues, was discovered to have been held by the police. He was released on Friday, restoring his freedom.

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“Daniel Ojukwu, the FIJ reporter who was abducted by men of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector-General of Police, has regained freedom after 10 days in police captivity,” the FIJ wrote on its website about Ojukwu’s release.

“Ojukwu went missing on Wednesday, May 1, his numbers switched off and his whereabouts unknown to colleagues, family and friends.”

Daniel Ojukwu was detained for allegedly violating Nigeria’s Cybercrime Act, a law often criticized for its use as a tool for censorship. His arrest and subsequent transfer to Abuja came after he reported on alleged financial mismanagement involving a senior government official, as reported by his employer.

Following his arrest, friends, colleagues, and supporters rallied for Ojukwu’s release. A coalition of media and civil society groups staged a protest at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, denouncing the suppression of press freedom and dissenting voices.

Bukky Shonibare, the spokesperson for the group, addressed journalists, expressing concern over the escalating attacks on press freedom.

She emphasized that after nine days in detention, the police should either charge Ojukwu or release him unconditionally, especially since his arrest was allegedly ordered by the inspector general of police.

Upon Ojukwu’s release, an elated Bukky expressed gratitude on her social media platform, thanking Nigerians for their support.

“Daniel Ojukwu is out. Thank you, Nigerians,” she posted. “Thank you, everyone.”


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