Illegal detention: Court orders DSS to pay journalist, Abiri N10m

Illegal detention:  Court orders DSS to pay journalist, Abiri N10m

The Department of State Services, DSS, has been ordered to pay Mr. Jones Abiri, the sum of N10 million being damages for his illegal detention.

The order was given by a Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba.

Abiri is the Bayelsa-based journalists and publisher of Weekly Source newspaper who was detained illegally for two years.

The DSS accused him of involving in militancy.

He was however arraigned in July following widespread condemnation and released on bail.

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Ruling on the application by Abiri that he should be paid the sum of N200 million as compensation for the illegal detention and torture, the court condemned in totality the action of the DSS.

It therefore ordered that the sum of N10 million should be paid to the journalist.

In his ruling, Dimgba said his detention for two years was equal in effect to a conviction which was wrong.

He explained that the government should have arraigned him and prayed the court not to grant him bail.

He said the excuse that he was detained for national interest was untenable.

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