Nigeria’s Department of State Security Service, popularly known as DSS, has arrested journalist, author and activist, Chido Onumah.
Premium Times reports that Dr. Onumah, was arrested at the Abuja airport on Sunday evening [September 29, 2019] as he returned to Nigeria from Spain.
Onumah recently bagged a doctorate in communication studies in Spain.
He arrived via a Lufthansa airline and was waiting for his luggage at about 5:00 p.m. when DSS officials accosted him, an associate who was at the airport to receive him told Premium Times.
It is believed that at about 5:00 p.m., he was taken to the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
Chido Onumah is a regular columnist and is an editorial board member of Premium Times. He has been using his writings and his civic whistleblowers’ network to call for good governance and fight against corruption in Nigeria.
He is also an advocate for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation. Onumah’s recent book is titled, We Are All Biafrans. Biafra is a breakaway republic from Nigeria which led to the 1960s civil war in the country. Three million Biafrans were killed in the conflict.
The reported stated that the SSS is yet to give any reason for Dr. Onumah’s arrest. Efforts to reach the SSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, were not successful on Sunday evening. He did not pick calls to his phone.