Premium Times is now reporting that one of its editors was summarily detained by operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, on Tuesday during the trial of the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja.
The online-based publication said, Ibanga Isine, a regional editor, was detained for several hours and his electronic and communication devices confiscated, thereby preventing him from reaching his family or colleagues while the ordeal lasted.
The paper said the operatives have not issued any statement to justify the arrest.
But the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, said it is not aware of the arrest.
Speaking with Happenings in a telephone interview from Abuja on Wednesday morning, Peter Nkanga, the West African representative of the journalists’ rights advocacy organisation, said he will investigate further and revert accordingly.
Meanwhile, the SSS is also facing renewed public outrage over its continued detention of an engineer, David Nwawuisi.
Nwawuisi, 29, accused of working for the guerrilla broadcaster, Nnamdi Kanu of Radio Biafra, has not been seen since he was first arrested on July 27, more than 80 days.
His family told journalist Stanley Azuakola that “They (the SSS) are making this allegation but we haven’t even seen our brother to hear his side of the story. They wouldn’t let us see him.” The family also added that “None of us in our family is sympathetic to Radio Biafra.”
Azuakola, who writes at his blog, The Scoop, reported that human rights advocates condemned the perpetual detention of Mr. Nwawuisi without trial, a situation that infringes on his fundamental rights.
One of those reported to have spoken on behalf of Nwawuisi is Kayode Ogundamisi, a London-based Nigerian journalist and human rights activist, who said, “Nigerians oppose [the] hatred being perpetuated by Radio Biafra, [it] does not justify indefinite detention of citizens without trial.”