Detained Nigerian Journalist Jones Abiri Freed After Two Years In DSS Detention

Jones Abiri, the Bayelsa-based Nigerian journalist detained for over two years has been released. Abiri,  publisher of the Weekly Source Magazine was released on Wednesday by the Department of State Services, DSS.
He had been in detention for over two years without being charged to court.
Abiri was arrested on July 21, 2016 at his office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, over an alleged link to armed militancy in the Niger Delta region, an allegation which he denied.
Abiri was however charged to court on July 27, 2018, being two years after his arrest and detention.
Despite local and international pressure, Nigerian officials including the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, claimed Mr Abiri is not a journalist and tried to justify his illegal detention.
He was initially granted bail in the sum of N2 million and two sureties who must be civil servants not lower than level 12.
The bail condition was later reviewed following an application by his lawyer.

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