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ActionAid Nigeria has condemned the arrest of journalist Daniel Ojukwu from the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) by the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).


Andrew Mamedu, AAN’s Country Director, asserted that the arbitrary detention of Daniel Ojukwu violates the fundamental rights of journalists, posing a grave threat to democracy and press freedom in Nigeria.

Mamedu expressed deep concern over Daniel’s undisclosed whereabouts during his detention at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Lagos State, emphasizing the alarming conduct of law enforcement agencies.

He urged the Nigerian Police Force to promptly clarify the circumstances surrounding Daniel Ojukwu’s arrest, emphasizing the imperative of transparency, accountability, and adherence to the rule of law.

Mamedu underscored the unequivocal rejection of any attempt to muzzle journalists or curtail freedom of expression, affirming that such actions are intolerable and will face staunch opposition.

He called on the Inspector General of Police to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Ojukwu, emphasizing the imperative of upholding press freedom and human rights enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

Highlighting the global scrutiny on Nigeria’s commitment to democracy, Mamedu emphasized the critical role of law enforcement in safeguarding journalists and press freedom, stressing that any assault on journalists undermines democracy itself.

In solidarity with Daniel Ojukwu and all journalists confronting threats and harassment, AAN reaffirmed its unwavering dedication to defending journalistic rights and preserving media integrity.

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