PRESS RELEASE: IPC CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF DETAINED EX-DAILY TRUST EDITOR.

The International Press Center, Lagos join voices with other media and civil society groups to express concern over the continued detention of Ex-Daily Trust Editor, Dan-Halilu held by operatives of the Department of State Services.

According to a report by Daily Post, dated August 5, 2019, former Politics Editor at Daily Trust newspaper, Ibrahim Dan-Halilu, was arrested by the Department for Security Service (DSS) in Kaduna State for allegedly supporting the activities of #RevolutionNow in a Facebook post.

Lanre Arogundade, Director, IPC in a Statement denounced the arrest and noted that   the continued detention without trial by the security operatives was illegal and unconstitutional, thereby violating their right to freedom of expression and personal liberty guaranteed by Section 34, 35, 39 and 41 of the constitution and Article 5, 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and peoples’ Right Act.

“The recurring  developments underscore the remarkable fact that even after twenty years of ceaseless democracy, the government can still create subtle censorships to muzzle journalists and other independent voices at the faintest criticism” Mr Arogundade lamented

IPC therefore demands that all charges be dropped against all journalists arrested, detained and charged over the protest

SGD:

Melody Akinjiyan

Program Officer/Safety Alert Desk Officer, IPC

House 11, Dideolu Court, 2nd gate b/stop, Ogba Lagos

Tel: +2348132776441

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