Illegal Detention: Court Award 10Million Naria To Journalist

By Ikenga Chronicles September 13, 2018

Illegal Detention: Court Award 10Million Naria To Journalist

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has on Thursday ruled that that the two years detention of journalist Jones Abiri is illegal and thereby ordered the Federal government to pay N10 million in damages to Mr Abiri.

While delivering the judgement Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, said the federal government had no right to detain Mr Abiri after taking his statement in 2016.

“Having taken his statement, the applicant should have been arraigned,” Mr Dimgba ruled.

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The judge said “the federal government’s submission that Mr Abiri was detained in national security was baseless.”

According to the judge, the federal government should have filled the suit against the defendant and asked the court to refuse him bail, so that the court will use its discretion in determining whether Mr Abiri should be granted bail on not

The court therefore declared Mr Abiri’s detention illegal and an abuse of his fundamental rights.

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