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DSS operatives whisk away publisher in Bayelsa


More than nine security operatives believed to be from the Department of State Security (DSS) from Abuja has whisked away the Publisher of Weekly Source newspaper, Chief Jones Abiri  with handcuff at the early hours of Thursday morning in his office, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
The security operatives who came to his office in three cars with registration numbers SAG 391AA, PBT 480 AA and Lagos 193 DN ignored questions on why they came to arrest him.
When further pressed by some of his colleagues who were around when they came, one of them however said that his arrest borders on national security.
The said security operatives disallowed anyone from entering his office at the Ayabowei Shopping Plaza, Ekeki as they secretly carried out a thorough search of his office.
According to eye witness account, the security men carted away several documents from his office and left with the publisher.
His colleagues who went to the state DSS and other relevant security offices after his arrest could not trace his whereabouts. But a source at the DSS said no security agent can come to the state and effect any arrest without prior information to them.
However, a complain has been lodged at the Ekeki Police station, Yenagoa by his colleagues in company with the state chairman of the Bayelsa state council of the  Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).  
Speaking to journalists shortly after tracing the suspect around all security formations in Yenagoa, Bayelsa Federated Newspaper Publishers Association (BAFENPA) called on the police to carry out thorough investigation to find out the whereabouts of Chief Abiri, stating that the refusal of the security operatives to introduce themselves before whisking away their colleague calls for concern.

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