Bukola Samuel-Wemimo, a journalist at an independent broadcasting station, Television Continental (TVC) in Lagos on Wednesday, December 30, was allegedly illegally detained by the secret police in Nigeria, known as the Department of Public Services (DSS).
Mrs. Samuel-Wemimo, the anchor of Fireworks, a political program on TVC, was illegally detained in Magodo’s office in Lagos.
Mrs. Samuel-Wemimo, who shared her trials on Twitter, said it was the use of DSS staff members in the ashes to intimidate commuters during rostering.
She also revealed that she was detained because her manager inadvertently crossed while DSS employees were trying to stop the traffic building up to their office from the Center for Management and Development.
She explained that while it is good that the secret police are securing their area, their drivers are doing more damage.
Read her tweets below …
I’m being held illegally here by the @StateDeptDSS on CMD road Magodo because I did nothing wrong. It is the use of the DSS to stop traffic as it builds up from the center for management and development to their office. My driver unknowingly crossed, we explained them
I even told them that this had happened to me before when I was driving myself and immediately apologized. But it is clear that they do not like outspoken Nigerians. By stopping traffic in front of their office along the cmd road, @StateDeptDSS contributes to the Gridlock.
If the intention is to secure their area, that’s fine, but the joint safety of drivers is also important. The first DSS official actually let us go, but another one who wanted to be further away from us kept us going. I will not be intimidated.
Samuel-Wemimo announced that she was released shortly after she started tweeting.
As soon as I started tweeting, the overzealous officials entered their office. They thought I would come begging. I refuse to be intimidated @dss_nigeria to stop the traffic during a roster in front of your office does not make sense. Newcomers to the trail will inevitably skip it.
Nor is it a safe approach to security. I was released. I refuse to be intimidated.
Thank you all. I was released. Happy New Year!