President Buhari Bid To Make Jone Abiri A Scapegoat Fail As Court Strikes Out Suit Against Journalist

A magistrate court in Abuja on Monday struck out the suit against journalist Jones Abiri, describing his detention as unlawful and a criminal intimidation.

This was following an application brought by Mr Abiri’s lawyer, Samuel Ogala, that the court transfer Mr Abiri’s trial to Bayelsa, since that was where he was arrested.
Mr Abiri is being tried over allegations that he was linked to armed militancy in the Niger Delta.
The federal government had arraigned him before a magistrate court in Abuja.
Before the arraignment, he had been detained by the State Security Service (SSS) for two years without trial.
Mr Abiri, publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Source Newspaper, was
granted bail after he was charged to court following public outcry.
His release came on August 15 after meeting his bail conditions.

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