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Judge orders DSS to charge alleged militant leader, Chief Abiri to court


A Yenagoa High Court 4 presided over by Justice Ineiye Aganaba has ordered the Department of State Security (DSS) to charge the detained leader of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Front (JDLF), Chief Jones Abiri to court.
Ruling in an application brought by the defense lawyer Barrister Jeremiah James Wareyai against the respondent, the Judge said the matter before the court borders on fundamental human rights on relevant sections of the law.
He further said that State and Federal High Courts have requisite jurisdiction to hear matters concerning the fundamental human rights of accuse persons who are in the custody of the police and other security agents.
However, he noted that the allege offences committed by the accuse person has to do with terrorism and mutiny; therefore he upheld the application lodged before the presiding judge.
The presiding judge quoting relevant sections of the law and the constitution upheld the respondent application to try the matter before a Federal High Court.
The matter which was brought before the court by the defense lawyer seeking the fundamental human rights of his client was dismissed before the presiding judge.
Consequently, DSS lawyer Barr. Victor C Uchendu commended the ruling, stressing that the judiciary is in partnership with security agents in fighting crime in Nigeria.
He told the court that the delay to charge the alleged militant leader, Mr. Abiri is a result of intensive investigation by security agents to unravel all those behind the crime before charging them to court.
However, the defense lawyer was dissatisfied with the ruling, saying that the matter has political undertones and his next step is to go to the Federal High Court to further seek his client’s fundamental human rights.
It could be recalled that Chief Abiri, Publisher of the “Weekly Source” newspaper was whisked away from his office at Ekeki, Yenagoa, by DSS operation on July 21, 2016.
He’s been detained at the headquarters of the DSS in Abuja since his arrest. His family and lawyers are not allowed access to him.

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