- Jones Abiri has finally regained his freedom after 2 years of detention
- He was said to have been arrested by the DSS for pipeline vandalism and crude theft, including militant activities
- His freedom came after much pubic outcry and pressure on the federal government
Two years after he was arrested and detained without trial by the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly having links with militants in the Niger Delta region, Jones Abiri, has finally regained his freedom.
The journalist was released on Wednesday, August 16, after outcry by Nigerians and many international agencies.
Abiri who was reported to be the publisher and editor-in-chief of Weekly Source Newspaper was eventually granted bail by an Abuja court after he was charged to court following public outcry, Premium Times reports.
Naij.com had reported that the presidency reacted to the continued detention without trial of Jones Abiri, an alleged journalist, arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).
He was said to have been nabbed for militant activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presidency denied that Abiri is a journalist as he had paraded himself.
Malam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity clarified in the night of Thursday, June 21, that the suspect does not belong to any chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists.
NAIJ.com learnt that Shehu said Abiri was arrested for pipeline vandalism and crude theft, including militant activities in the Niger Delta.
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Shehu gave details of the development while reacting to a statement at the World Congress of International Press Institute in Abuja that a journalist, known as Jones Abiri, was arrested in the course of his work.
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