- DSS operatives have reportedly arrested journalist, Jones Abiri, again
- Abiri’s whereabouts are still unknown and the DSS has not yet released a statement on the matter
- The DSS first arrested Abiri in 2016, after he was accused of being the leader of the joint revolutionary council of a separatist group
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have reportedly arrested Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper based in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, again.
According to The Guardian, the journalist was re-arrested while having a meeting with his colleagues on Saturday, March 30 at Ayabowei Plaza in Yenagoa.
Legit.ng gathers that Abiri’s whereabouts are still unknown and the DSS has not yet released a statement on the matter.
The Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Angela Qunital, stated: “Given that Jones Abiri was previously detained by intelligence officers without access to a lawyer or his family for two years, we are deeply worried that he has once again been arrested and that his whereabouts are not known.
“We call on federal and state authorities in Nigeria to disclose where Abiri is being detained and the reasons for his arrest, and urge that they ensure that his rights are not violated yet again and that due process is respected.”
The DSS first arrested Abiri in 2016, after he was accused of being the leader of the joint revolutionary council of the separatist group, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force.
The journalist was also accused of demanding money from and threatening oil companies.
After being detained for two years, Abiri was finally granted bail in August 2018 when an Abuja magistrate court struck out the suit against him.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that after being granted bail following his previous detention by the DSS, Jones Abiri explained the circumstances that resulted in his arrest and how he was linked to a militant group in the Niger-Delta.
Abiri said he was arrested by the security operatives because they found a phone they had been tracking, in his office.
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