Abiri's case adjourned till September 5 after DSS fails to show up in court

Abiri's case adjourned till September 5 after DSS fails to show up in court

- The trial of a journalist, Jones Abiri, has been adjourned until Wednesday, September 5

- Abiri was arrested for his alleged link to armed militancy in the Niger Delta region

- Magistrate Okafor adjourned the trail due to the absence of the defence counsel and the DSS

Emerging reports have it that the chief magistrate court in Abuja on Friday, August 17, adjourned the trial of a journalist, Jones Abiri, until Wednesday, September 5.

It was learnt that Abiri, a Bayelsa-based journalist and publisher of the Weekly Source Magazine, was arrested and detained in custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) without trial for more than two years.

Channels TV reports that the magistrate, Chukwuemeka Okafor, adjourned the trial following the absence of the DSS and the defence counsel in court when the case was called.

Abiri's case adjourned till September 5 after DSS fails to show up in court

Jones Abiri was arrested in 2016. Photo source: Jones Abiri/Facebook

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He was arrested for his alleged link to armed militancy in the Niger Delta region, an allegation he has since denied.

Following public outcry, Abiri was eventually charged with the crime on July 27, 2018, at the chief magistrate court.

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The court later granted him bail in the sum of N2 million and two sureties whom the court said must be civil servants not lower than level 12.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that two years after he was arrested and detained without trial by the DSS for allegedly having links with militants in the Niger Delta region, Jones Abiri, 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.

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