Sports journalist, Kufre Carter says he was incarcerated for 31 days by the State Security Service, SSS, on the orders of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
Carter was arrested on Monday, April 27, 2020, after receiving an invitation from the SSS and was later charged to court for character defamation.
Speaking for the first time since his arrest on Wednesday, May 27, via his social media handles, Kufre Carter pointed fingers on Governor Emmanuel and the Attorney General of the State, Uwemedimo Nwoko.
He wrote, “After being incarcerated for 31 days by the State Security Service (SSS) following the orders of the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, orchestrated by the Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko, I’ve finally regained freedom.
“I’ve been briefed by my Counsel, Inibehe Effiong and Mr Augustine Asuquo about the huge support I’ve gotten from freeminded people across the world, people with a mind of their own, my family and I are grateful.
“While I’m immensely happy to regain my freedom, I have so many things to say but I’ll hold my peace till after the adjourned court date on June 1st.”
Carter’s lawyer Inibehe Effiong confirmed yesterday via his social media that his client has been released from custody after fulfilling bail terms.
The refusal of the SSS to release the journalist after he was granted bail by the court had attracted backlash from Nigerians and human rights groups including Amnesty International, SERAP, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Centre, Lagos.
Meanwhile, Barr Inibehe Effiong in a press release said his client will seek “legal redress” over the “violation of his fundamental human rights.”
“Our client will seek legal redress in court over the violation of his fundamental rights, and will claim damages and public apology and ancillary reliefs.”
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