The office of the editorial board member of THISDAY Newspapers, Sonnie Ekwowusi, was at the weekend invaded by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), over a â€˜Pro-Life, Pro-Family conferenceâ€™ he is involved in, as well as a report condemning the sexualisation of school children in Nigeria.
Â After the invasion, Ekwowusi was invited to the DSS office in Shangisha, Lagos, yesterday for a follow-up interview.
Â Narrating his ordeal, he said: â€œLast Friday, the DSS invaded my office over a pro-life, pro-family conference I am involved in. They said they wanted to find out if the conference was registered.
Â â€œThey invited me to their office yesterday. Recently, I wrote a series of articles condemning the sexualisation of school children in Nigeria.
â€œI guess the articles must have ruffled some feathers in high quarters. We will continue to pray for our country, Nigeria.â€
Â On the allegations by the DSS, Ekwowusi said: â€œI got a call from one Peter asking me to come over to the DSS office at Shangisha in Lagos. When I told them I couldâ€™t make it, they sent some operatives to my office.
â€œThey ransacked it and made away with some files. So yesterday, I went to their office and met the same Peter who told me he was dashing to somewhere and would have to re-invite me.
Â â€œWhat are the functions of the DSS? Can they dabble into conference matters? What has national security got to do with womenâ€™s rights which is what we are championing?
Â â€œFrom what I gathered from sources, a group of women petitioned the DSS about our forthcoming Pro-Life, Pro-Family conference, claiming that what we stand for is against their interest.
Â â€œMeanwhile, what our conference stands for is championing women and childâ€™s rights. We have held it for five years and this year, it will take place at NIA, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Â â€œWe have the conference in partnership with the Lagos State Government and the state House of Assembly. Our past conferences have helped the government to make laws on domestic violence.â€