At Long Last, DSS Releases Journalist Detained for Insulting Akwa Ibom Commissioner

A journalist by the name Kufre Carter, who was arrested for allegedly saying defaming things about Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Health, Dominic Ukpong, has been released.

The counsel to Mr. Carter, Inibehe Effiong, said his client was released on Wednesday.

Following his arrest last month, a campaign was launched on his behalf, calling for his release, but despite a court order granting him bail, the journalist was still kept in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Effiong said Yusuf Bichi, the director-general of the DSS gave instruction that the court order should be obeyed.

“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,” Effiong said in a statement.

“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.”

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