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Detained journalist: IPC flays DSS over detention of Abiri

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ABUJA—THE International Press Centre, IPC, has flayed the Department of State Services, DSS, for failing to produce a witness against Mr. Jones Abiri, who was arraigned before a Magistrate court in Abuja.

Jones Abiri: government says he was not arrested for journalism
Jones Abiri: government says he was not arrested for journalism

The case could not, however, proceed because the DSS failed to produce its witnesses and the matter had to be adjourned till August 16 with Mr. Jones Abiri being ordered to be remanded in Keffi prison.

Mr. Abiri is also facing stringent bail conditions including the requirement to have two sureties, who must be senior officers in the civil service.

Reacting to the development, the Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said: “it was very irresponsible for the DSS to have failed to produce its witness after having illegally detained Abiri for two years and therefore effectively stalling his trial.”

On the stringent bail conditions imposed by the Court, Arogundade said: “The attitude of the DSS showed that it did not have any case against Abiri and he should, therefore, be set free immediately and unconditionally.”

Recall that Jones Abiri, a journalist and publisher of the Weekly Source local newspaper in Bayelsa State was in 2016 arrested and detained by the DSS and held incommunicado until he was arraigned in court recently.

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