Illegal Detention: DSS Ordered To Pay N10.5m To Journalist Jones Abiri
The Federal High Court has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay the sum of N10.5 million as compensation to journalist, Jones Abiri, over his illegal detention.
The reporter was detained for two years by the security agency without trial.
Abiri was arrested by the DSS in 2016 on allegations bothering on national security, and eventually arraigned two years after, following public outrage on his prolonged detention.
At the resumed hearing on Thursday, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba stated that Abiri’s prolonged detention was an infringement on his rights.
The judge then ruled that the DSS acted outside the provisions of the law regarding the Terrorism Prevention Act, and therefore, ordered the agency to pay the sum.
According to Dimgba, as soon as the DSS took Abiri’s statement, “he should have been arraigned”.
The judge said the federal government’s submission that Mr Abiri was detained in national security was baseless.
According to him, the federal government should have filled the suit against the defendant and asked the court to refuse him bail, so that the court will use its discretion in determining whether Mr Abiri should be granted bail on not
He said specifically that there was no basis for his detention.