DSS arrests top journalist, Lanre Arogundade, says he can’t enter Nigeria
Department of State Services agents on Thursday arrested a high-ranking journalist, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as he returned to the country from Gambia.
Arogundade had travelled to the West African country to train journalsts in sensitive reporting.
The DSS agents said he was barred from coming into Nigeria despite the fact that he was carrying the nation’s passport as a bonafide citizen.
Arogundade in a tweet said this had happened everytime he was returning to Nigeria from a foreign trip.
He said it had to stop, as each time, he was released on the ground of a “mistaken identity.”
The Nigerian Guild of Editors swiftly intervened in the matter and ensured his release.
NGE President, Mustapha Isa, in a post on the organisation’s Whatsapp platforms said: “I just spoke with the head of DSS at the airport through Lanre’s phone. He said it was a case of mistaken identity , and that they have no cade against him. He has been released after an apology and his passport is about to be stamped for him to leave the airport.
Lanre told me that this wasn’t the first time this was happening. I told the officer when a case of mistaken identify happens all the time, it means something is wrong.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors totally condemns this harassment . Lanre Arogundade is doing a tremendous job in promoting media freedom in Nigeria. We are fully behind him.”