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High Court Orders DSS To Pay N10.5m As Compensation To Jones Abiri

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Department of State Services (DSS) has been ordered by the Federal High Court to pay a sum of N10.5million as compensation to Jones Abiri, a journalist, over his illegal detention for complete two (2) years by the DSS.

On Thursday, at the resumed hearing, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba stated that the DSS did not deny arresting and detaining Abiri since July 2016, without giving him opportunities to his doctors, friends and family members.

He further explained that when Abiri was eventually charged to the court early this year, he was not charged with the actual crimes for which he was apprehended.

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.

The Bayelsa-based journalist, who is also the publisher of the Weekly Source Magazine, Jones Abiri was arrested at his office in the state capital, Yenagoa for his alleged link to armed militancy in the Niger Delta region.

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