The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday evening released Enyinnaya Abaribe, the lawmaker representing Abia South senatorial district.
Abaribe was picked up on Friday by operatives of Nigeria’s secret police for allegedly fraternising with members of the proscribed separatist group IPOB.
The Senator’s media aide, Uchenna Awom, confirmed his release in a statement on Tuesday night.
The statement read, “About 6.32pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe walked into freedom after five days in the DSS gulag.”
“Abaribe, who was granted administrative bail, was released to his lawyers led by Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN.
“The collective calls and demand for his release have shown the great spirit of Nigerians for justice.”
The apex Igbo socio-political group, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, and other human rights groups had called on the federal government to release the embattled senator.
Also earlier on Tuesday, Justice Binta Nyako of the federal high court, Abuja, declined a request by IPOB lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor for the release of Abaribe.