A Nigerian man, Godwin Okon Udoh has narrated how his daughter, Joy was arrested and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) for wearing a ‘Biafra outfit’ during her birthday, SaharaReporters report.
It was gathered that the 20-year-old lady was arrested on November 8, 2021, in Enugu State.
It was learnt that Joy has been denied access to her lawyers and family members by the DSS since her arrest.
In a statement obtained by SaharaReporters, the father accused the secret police of disrespecting the daughter’s rights as if the agency is above the constitution of the land.
He said, “I have a serious problem concerning my biological daughter, Godwin Joy Udoh. She is an activist who has been abducted by DSS operatives since 8 November 2021 in Enugu state, but it is very sad that till today, she has not been charged to court. The Nigerian DSS has refused to allow anyone to see her, they have denied both the lawyers and parents from visiting her at the headquarters of the DSS in Abuja where she was transferred to.
“According to the DSS, after their investigations on 22 February 2022, they said the offence of my daughter was that she wore a Biafra coloured dress on her birthday and that she also agitated for Biafra freedom through her social media, Facebook page.
“Latest updates and confirmation from the lawyer advocating for the enforcement of her fundamental rights are that my daughter is no more in the DSS headquarters in Abuja, that she has been transferred to Wawa military detention facility in Kainji, Niger state.
“Her continuous detention is absolutely Illegal and refusal to charge her to court is an absolute and gross violation of her fundamental rights as a human.
Everyone has the right to agitate for self-determination which is a universal law. Her name is Godwin Joy Udoh. She is 20 years old. Date of Abduction: 8 November 2021.”
Similarly, Nollywood Actor, Chiwetalu Agu was arrested and detained in October 2021 in Anambra State for donning a ‘Biafra outfit’.
He was later released following public pressure.
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