SSS arrests Nigerian journalist for backing #RevolutionNow

SSS arrests Nigerian journalist for backing #RevolutionNow

06 Aug 2019, by Kez@ClosingSpaces in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

A Nigerian journalist who ventilated about hardship in the country and wrote a Facebook post expressing support for the ‘RevolutionNow’ campaign was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS).

“Ibrahim Dan-Halilu, a former editor with Daily Trust, was arrested at about 2:00 a.m. on Monday in Kaduna State, according to PRNigeria, a news agency with ties to Nigeria’s security apparatus.

Mr Dan-Halilu’s arrest comes as the secret police launched a fresh crackdown on Nigerians for protesting what they consider a failure of governance.

On Saturday, heavily armed SSS operatives stormed the apartment of Yele Sowore for daring to call for a revolution in Nigeria.

Federal authorities tagged the call, which had gained popularity amongst many Nigerian, as seditious and an act of terrorism, even though the SSS had stated on the record that it had no intelligence that confirmed any violent plot by Mr Sowore.”

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceNigeria
State of OccurrenceKaduna
Date of Occurrence05 Aug 2019
Security Agents InvolvedDirectorate of State Security
Legal FoundationsSection 39
Rights ImplicatedFreedom of Speech
Region of Occurrence North West Nigeria

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