Jones Abiri: Court Strikes out DSS’s Case for Lack of Jurisdiction

A Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja has struck out the suit against Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri for lack of jurisdiction.

This comes after an application brought by Mr Abiri’s lawyer, Mr Samuel Ogala, asking the court to transfer his (Abiri’s) trial to Bayelsa State since that was where he was arrested.

Mr Ogala in the preliminary objection asked the court to hold that it lacked territorial jurisdiction to try the journalist in Abuja when the alleged crime was said to have taken place, Channels writes.

At a resumed sitting Monday, the Magistrate Chukwuemeka Nweke, agreed with the defence and thereafter struck out the suit.

Mr Abiri is being tried over allegations that linked him to armed militancy in the Niger Delta.

Before his arraignment by the Federal Government in Abuja, he had been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) for two years without trial, for which he was granted a N10m compensation by an Abuja court last week.

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