DSS Releases Detained Akwa Ibom Journalist

Kufre Carter, a journalist with XL 106.9 FM Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who was arrested by the DSS on April 27, 2020 for allegedly defaming Dominic Ukpong, the state commissioner of health, has been released.

Confirming his release to SaharaReporters, Carter’s counsel, Inibehe Effiong said his client was freed on Wednesday.

He said, “On Wednesday, 27th May, 2020 at about 9:30 a.m., our client, Kufre Carter, a sport’s journalist with XL 106.9 FM in Uyo regained freedom after spending one month in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) at the instance and on the instigation of the Akwa Ibom State Government.

“This came after the Director-General of the SSS, Alhaji Yusuf Bichi, ordered the SSS Command in Akwa Ibom State to comply with the valid and subsisting Order of the Court and release our client.”

“While we are discomfited with the abusive deployment of the SSS by the Akwa Ibom State Government against our client, we nonetheless wish to thank the Director-General of the SSS for halting the voyage of illegality at the SSS Command in Akwa Ibom State,” he added.

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