Nigerian activist Chido Onumah arrested by DSS
Chido Onumah, Executive Director of the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, AFRICMIL, has been arrested men believed to be personnel of the Department of State Services, DSS, The ICIR has learnt.
Onumah was picked up at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as he returned from Barcelona, Spain, where he had just successfully defended his PhD thesis.
It is still not known why Onumah, the author of several books, including We Are All Biafrans, was arrested. a journalist and activist, Onumah is the brain behind Corruption Anonymous, a whistleblower protection advocacy initiative.
He arrived from Spain at about 4.30pm Sunday and was picked up as soon as he got to the immigration desk but was able to make one phone call alerting a friend of his arrest by the DSS, before he was became unreachable. Calls for his phone have not been answered since.
Onumah left Nigeria about three weeks ago to attend a whistleblower conference in Scotland before proceeding to Spain, where he defended his doctoral thesis.