The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay N10 million as compensation to Bayelsa-based journalist, Jones Abiri.
Mr Abiri was arrested in August 2016 on allegations bothering on national security and detained for two years till his lawyers, led by human rights activist, Femi Falana filed a fundamental suit against the Federal government.
Giving his ruling in Abuja on Thursday, Judge Nnamdi Dimgba noted that Abiri’s prolonged detention was an infringement on his rights.
According to Dimgba, as soon as the DSS took Abiri’s statement, “he should have been arraigned”.
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
He said specifically that there was no basis for his detention.