DSS Releases Journalist, Jones Abiri


Jones Abiri, the journalist who was arrested on Saturday by armed men suspected to be operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, has been released.


The Bayelsa-based magazine publisher was released, yesterday, from the secret police’s detention facility in Abuja, his lawyer said.


“He has just been released around 2 p.m.,” his lawyer, Samuel Ogala said, adding that terms of the release would be disclosed later.


The men, who arrested Mr. Abiri in Yenagoa, came in a Toyota Hilux truck. He publishes Weekly Source magazine.


The DSS initially denied knowledge of the arrest, but those who were with him insisted the agency was responsible.


No official statement had been issued to clarify the arrest, which comes months after the journalist was released from a prolonged detention.


Abiri had been arrested in 2016 on allegations of blackmailing expatriate oil workers in the Niger-Delta. He denied the allegations, but was kept in custody until August 2018 when he was freed on a court order.


He sued the agency and received damages for N10 million in the case, which has neither been appealed nor executed.

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