Gestapo Nation: SSS Picks Up US-based Author Okey Ndibe at Lagos Int’l Airport
The Nigerian secret police, the SSS, has just picked up Professor Okey Ndibe at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. He has been taken to the office of the agency for questioning.
This is a developing story. We will keep you updated as more information become available.
Update: Statement after his release posted on facebook:
“I had another irritating encounter with the SSS at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos. I told the officers who took me to their office for questioning that it’s shameful they salute and escort corrupt officials but harass a citizen who insists we can, and should, have a sane system based on true democratic values, the equality of all citizens before the law, and political accountability.
“For the record, the SSS officials were courteous throughout. Once again, they advised me to go to Abuja and apply to have my name expunged from their watchlist. No, I said. I did not go to Abuja in 2010 to ask the Umaru Yar’Adua administration to put me on a list of enemies of the state. I will not go to Abuja to plead that my name be removed from the list.
“I thank all of you who’ve written or called to inquire my wellbeing. I’m in wonderful spirits, far from cowed. Fear is a choice, I’ve chosen not to fear.”