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#FreeCiaxon: Detained Nigerian Twitter User Released

Categories: Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, Advocacy, Free Expression, Human Rights, Legal Threats
Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi (waving) with Lawal Haruna (@lawalharuna) shortly after his release. Photo from  @lawalharuna. [1]

Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi (waving) with Lawal Haruna (@lawalharuna) shortly after his release. Photo from  @lawalharuna.

An engineer who tweets as @ciaxon [2] who was allegedly detained for nearly two weeks after live-tweeting a deadly shootout between Boko Haram terrorists and security forces has been released.

Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi went missing shortly after he posted a series of photos and eyewitness reports on March 30, 2014 of an escape attempt [3] by several members of the northern Nigeria-based jihadist terrorist organisation held in detention at the Department of State Services (DDS) that left 20 dead.

Ayo Sogunro (@ayosogunro [4]), who together with Fola Lawal (@SheCrownLita [5]) was in direct contact with Siyaka's family, announced on April 12: 

Sogunro added that authorities still owe Nigerians an explanation for Siyaka's disappearance, and as such protests demanding Siyaka's release in Alausa, an area in Lagos that hosts the state government house, would still go on:

Fola payed tribute to @lammyng [9], who first broke the news on social media:

Lawal Haruna (@lawalharuna [11]) tweeted this photo of Siyaka after his release:

Gbenga Sesan tweeted a short video [14] confirming that Siyaka has indeed regained freedom.

Twitter user @Idris_Giroman explained why the protest were still moving forward: 

Babatunde Rosanwo insisted: 

@BabajideFadoju reported on the protest: 

Apparently the protest in some parts of Lagos led to a traffic jam, OgheneSanmi explained:

Seyi Martins-Ogunye confirmed: 

A #FreeCiaxon Protest was also organized in Ibadan, about 120 kilometres from Lagos:

@Chxta explained what should be taken away from Siyaka's arrest and release: 

Charles Akah celebrated Siyaka for paying a heavy prize in defence of free speech: