The International Press Center (IPC) frowned at the continued detention of Dan-Halilu, former editor of the Daily Trust, currently in the custody of the State Service Department, as he requested his unconditional release.
He recalled that Dan-Halilu was picked up by DSS agents in Kaduna for an alleged Facebook post in support of the #RevolutionNow activities.
The call was made in a press release signed by the IPC Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, a copy that was made available to GISTOK on Friday.
Arogundade in the statement condemned the arrest and noted that the continued detention of Dan-Halilu without trial by security agents was illegal and unconstitutional, which violated his right to freedom of expression and personal liberty guaranteed by sections 34, 35, 39 and 41 of the constitution and articles 5, 6 and 12 of the African Charter on the Law of Human and Peoples’ Rights.
“”Recurring events underscore the remarkable fact that even after twenty years of ceaseless democracy, the government can still create subtle censures to silence journalists and other independent voices in the face of weaker criticism.
“Therefore, IPC demands that all charges against all journalists arrested, detained and accused of the protest be dropped,” the statement said.