The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said the release of
Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Independent newspaper, Mr. Tony Ezimako by
the Department of State Service is a further confirmation that
protection of human rights in the country is sacrosanct.
As part of its statutory mandate to visit gazetted and ungazetted
places of detention across the nation, with or without notice, the
NHRC on the 6th of March, 2018 met the relevant authorities of the DSS
including its Legal Department over the alleged illegal detention of
During the engagement, the Commission’s investigation team led by
Cordelia Aghware Esq demanded that Mr Ezimakor be released or
charged to court immediately in accordance with the law.
Although Ezimakor’s release came 7hrs after the Commission’s
engagement with the DSS, the Commission had expressed concern over his
five days detention in DSS facility.
The investigation team revealed that aside the prolonged detention,
he was not tortured or
subjected to any cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment during his
stay in the DSS facility. He also said that Ezimakor had unrestricted
access to his lawyer, family members and medication while his
Against this backdrop, the Commission seizes this opportunity to reiterate
the need for law enforcement agencies to respect the necessary national
and international human rights laws bordering on treatment of detainees.
The Acting boss of the NHRC Tony Ojukwu Esq had on Tuesday
(6th of March, 2018)
directed a team of investigation officers to embark on a visit to the
DSS to unravel the circumstances surrounding the detention of Tony
Ezimako following media reports on same.
The Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Independent newspaper, was alleged to
have been detained by the Department of State Security (DSS) over
alleged publication of classified document.