The Department of State Services (DSS) has been ordered by a Federal High Court to pay the sum of N10.5 million as compensation to journalist, Jones Abiri, over his illegal detention for two years.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba who gave the judgement on Thursday, September 13, stated that the DSS did not deny arresting and detaining him since July 2016, as well as deny him access to his doctor’s, family and friends.
The judge said that when Abiri was eventually charged to court, he was not charged with the crimes for which he was arrested.
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According to the judge, the DSS acted outside the provisions of the law regarding the Terrorism Prevention Act, and therefore, ordered the agency to pay the sum.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that 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.
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NAIJ.com had also 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).
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