On Sunday, Solomon Odeniyi (journalist for Punch) was detained by operatives of DSS while on duty.
The reporter was taken from Dunamis International Gospel Centre Headquarters in Abuja where he was following up the arrest of anti-Buhari protesters. Remember that six #BuhariMustGO-wearing activists were taken into police custody by DSS operatives last Sunday.
One witness to the incident said that about ten activists came out at the time it was time to recognize first-timers. Solomon, speaking to POLITICS NIGERIA about his arrest on Sunday, said that he went to Dunamis to follow up on what had happened at the church on Sunday.
“Besides, several groups addressed a press conference and promised to storm the church if congregants in the church were not freed.”
“There was a heavy presence of security personnel, including DSS and police officers at the church. This indicated that something was about to occur.
“The protest was still to begin when suddenly, I saw 7 police officers surrounding us in a patrol van. I was there with Roots Tv Busayo Tosin’s reporter. I was grabbed by my belt by Ugochukwu U. C. and accused of being part of the protesters. He forced me to show him my ID card, which he then took, causing damage to it.
“Before I could say jack I was beaten” I was asked about my offense. They asked me what my offense was. I replied that my ID card was sufficient evidence to prove I wasn’t part of the protesters. All of that was lost on the ears. Roots Tv’s other reporter was also being questioned.
“We were immediately taken from our phones. They took me into their patrol van and drove me to River Park police station. We begged them to let us communicate with our offices. “The plea was rejected.”
“The seized items included 1 power bank, 3 phones, and 1 camera, 1 Tripod, and a Punch ID card.”
“We arrived at the station at 8 a.m. and were released at 12:10. Ugochukwu told police at the station to not release them until Dunamis closes,” he said to POLITICS NIGERIA.
He stated that officers had taken their phone numbers and addresses after they were released, and warned them not to return to Dunamis.
He added, “They also warned us against reporting that we were being arrested and detained.”