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Charly Boy’s group demands release of Daily Independent Newspaper Bureau Chief, Ezimakor

…Says group will occupy DSS Headquarters Wednesday

Charly Boy’s group, OurMumuDonDo Movement, has demanded the unconditional release of the Abuja Bureau Chief of the Daily Independent Newspaper, Tony Ezimakor, who is currently under the detention by the Department of State Services, DSS.

For over five days now, the Abuja-based journalist is being held purportedly over exclusive stories on Boko Haram campaign and negotiations with the insurgents.

Tony Ezimakor

However, in a statement jointly signed by Charles Oputa, for OurMumuDonDo; Deji Adeyanju,
for Concerned Nigerians; Ariyo Dare Atoye, for Coalition in Defence Of Nigerian Democracy and Bako Abdul Usman, for Campaign For Democracy on Monday, the group said it would occupy the DSS Headquarters on Wednesday in peaceful demonstration against the continued detention of the journalist.

According to the statement, the group also called for the unconditional release of the journalist.

The statement reads thus:

“Following the continued detention of Mr. Anthony Ezimakor, the Abuja Bureau Chief of the Daily Independent Newspaper by the Directorate of State Service (DSS), and the continued disregard for his rights to freedom of speech, right to dignity of the human person, and right to fair hearing as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we have decided to occupy the DSS Headquarters in Maitama by 9:00am on Wednesday March 7, 2018.

“The decision to occupy the DSS office was made in a bid to prevent Mr. Ezimakor from suffering the same fate as Sheik Ibrahim Elzakzaky who has been detained illegally at the DSS facility for more than two years.

“We reemphasize our demand for the unconditional release of Mr. Ezimakor by the DSS. In the alternative, we demand that the Federal Government charges him to court as stipulated in the Constitution and give him the opportunity to defend himself.

“We urge all members of the local and international media to attend this peaceful protest aimed at drawing attention to the increasing incidents of unlawful harassment of the press and the unlawful detention of Nigerian citizens in violation of their constitutional rights by the present administration.

“We also invite all peace-loving Nigerians who are interested in preserving and protecting our democracy to join us on Wednesday.

“Our Mumu Don Do!”


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