The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has demanded apology from the Department of State Services (DSS) over the alleged illegal detention of one of its members, Mr Tony Ezimakor.
Ezimakor, who is the Abuja Bureau Chief of the Daily Independent Newspapers, was detained for over one week by operatives of the service, following invitation to the DSS headquarters in Abuja, over yet to be ascertained reasons.
NUJ National President, Comrade Waheed Odusile, made this known when the detained journalist paid a thank you visit on the union.
He said the union would write a strongly worded letter to the DSS demanding an apology over the unlawful detention of its member, noting that no reason has been given for the one-week detention of Mr Ezimakor.
The national president disclosed that the union might resort to legal redress in event the service refuses to apologise to the aggrieved journalist and the union to serve as a deterrent to the service and other security agencies.
Odusile, who commended members for their advocacy towards the release of Mr Ezikamor, said efforts by the union, which had scheduled to hold a press briefing on the continued detention of its member, paid off with his release on eve of the scheduled briefing.
Earlier, Chairman, NUJ, FCT Council, Mr Paul Ella, commended all those who made efforts to ensure the release of the bureau chief, and cautioned media practitioners to be cautious and security conscious while discharging their duties.
According to him, the fact that the service released Ezimakor on the eve of the planned protest by the union and civil society was a confirmation that the service respected the interventions on behalf of the detained journalist.