A Nigerian journalist-cum-activist, Chido Onumah, has explained why the Department of State Services (DSS), arrested him on Sunday evening.
Onumah, who was arrested on his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from Spain, said operatives of the DSS arrested him for wearing a shirt which had the inscription “We Are All Biafrans” on it, which happened to be the title of his new book, was led to the DSS office at Central Abuja.
During interrogation, he was asked why he was holding a Nigerian passport and he confidently replied that “I am Nigerian.”
The journalist said, “I was arrested for wearing the T-shirt because the DSS said it is capable of causing disaffection in the country.
The DSS officials queried why he was putting on the vest with the inscription, which he answered by telling them that was the titled of his new book. Onumah further told the DSS officials that he had more vests in his bag with the same inscription and won’t hesitate to wear either of them after leaving.
According to source, while at the DSS office, Onumah was reading a book while the officials ran a check on his profile. “That was when they discovered that he was more Nigerian as anyone can be.
“They (DSS) now told him (Onumah) that there was an intel they got about some people who were trying to cause unrest and he was picked because of the inscription on his shirt. They told him his shirt’s inscription could trigger an unrest and after much dilly daily, He Was Allowed To Take His Leave ,” the source said.