Nigerian journalist, Ojukwu, regains freedom after nine days detention

The detained journalist with the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Daniel Ojukwu has regained freedom from police custody on Friday afternoon after spending nine days in detention, as confirmed by founder of the foundation Fisayo Soyombo

Penpushing reports that conditions of Ojukwu’s release are still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, as it is recalled that the journalist went missing last Wednesday with his phone numbers switched off.

The whereabouts was unknown to colleagues, family and friends, while the next day, Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) made a missing person report at police stations in the area where he was headed.

Pennpushing also reports that the family and employer later discovered that he was ‘abducted’ by the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police, and held incommunicado at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti in Lagos.

The journalist it is recalled was on Sunday transferred to the Nigerian Police Force National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where he was detained for an additional five days.

Penpushing reports that Nigeria Union of Journalists(nuj) and civil society organisations on Thursday staged a peaceful protest at the Nigerian police headquarters in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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