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DSS Frees OSIWA’s Head of Nigeria Office, Ilo

Head of office of Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in Nigeria, Jude Ilo has been released by the Department for State Services-DSS, The Agenda Online reports.

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Destiny Ugorji

Head of office of Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in Nigeria, Jude Ilo has been released by the Department for State Services-DSS, The Agenda Online reports.

Confirming his release via a telephone chat with The Agenda Newspaper online, Mr. Ilo explained that he was at the secret Police’s office on invitation for a conversation, adding that he had no access to his phones while there, fueling suspicion that he may have been detained.

“I was called in for a meeting and we had a formal conversation. It was a friendly one. I was not detained. It is just that I did not have access to my phone while with them and that was what created the confusion. I was not harassed.”

When asked if he was to report back to the DSS anytime soon, he answered in the negative.

It would be recalled that an online newspaper broke the news of Mr. Ilo’s alleged detention Friday morning.

The report said Mr. Ilo was being held by the Federal Capital Territory Command of the State Security Service (SSS).

The Agenda Online is unable to reach the DSS for comments as it is yet to appoint a spokesperson.

OSIWA is an advocacy and grant-making organisation that pushes for open societies, accountability and inclusive democratic governance. It is present in 10 African countries and is part of the larger Open Society Foundations founded by business magnate, George Soros.

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