Court Orders DSS To Pay N10.5m To Journalist Jones Abiri Who Was Detained Illegally For 2 Years

The 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, 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.

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.


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