Thursday, May 23, 2019

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    #WhereisJonesAbiri? — Salkida launches proof of life campaign for journalist detained for over two years

#WhereisJonesAbiri? — Salkida launches proof of life campaign for journalist detained for over two years

Ahmad Salkida, an investigative journalist, has launched a proof of life campaign for Jones Abiri, a journalist who has been in detention without trial for two years.On July 16, 2016, Abiri, publisher of the Weekly Source, a newspaper based in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, was picked by agents of the Department of State Service (DSS) on the allegation that he [...]

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    Dead or alive: The enforced disappearance of Jones Abiri

Dead or alive: The enforced disappearance of Jones Abiri

BY PETER NKANGAIn tears, 80-year-old Mama Abiri undressed. Before strangers, family, and friends alike, Mama clasped her frail breasts, and cried inconsolably, naked. With emotions only a mother could express, Mama cried in the native Ijaw language of the Niger Delta creeks. Mama was calling on Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, to feel her pain and hear her plea.“Please, I [...]

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    EXTRA: Abaribe displays book on ‘Dirty Politics’ in court

EXTRA: Abaribe displays book on ‘Dirty Politics’ in court

When he appeared at a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday, Enyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia north, displayed a book that has a meaning beyond the surface.Clutched in his hands was the book titled 'Dirty Politics: Deception, Distraction and Democracy', written by Kathleen Jamieson, an American author.In what looked like he was showcasing the book to the cameras, the [...]

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    Is Jones Abiri, the Bayelsa journalist arrested by DSS in 2016, dead or alive?

Is Jones Abiri, the Bayelsa journalist arrested by DSS in 2016, dead or alive?

On July 28, 2016, Facebook user Ndoboke Doris posed a question, followed by a prayer, on the wall of journalist Jones Abiri. “Where are you my brother?” Doris wondered.“I pray the Good God shall perform a miracle for you.”Well, the “good God” hasn’t, just yet, but there is evidence he indeed heard Doris’ prayer. In June, the month four days [...]

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    Abaribe’s lawyer: My client was arrested for his opposing views

Abaribe’s lawyer: My client was arrested for his opposing views

Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, counsel to Enyinnaya Abaribe, says he believes  his client is being "hunted because of his opposing views like Senators Dino Melaye, Shehu Sani".Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) picked up the lawmaker in Abuja on Friday morning.This was hours after Abaribe, who is chairman of the senate committee on power, steel development and metallurgy, alleged that N30 [...]

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    Junaid: EFCC at war with DSS, there’s terrible confusion in NIA

Junaid: EFCC at war with DSS, there’s terrible confusion in NIA

Junaid Mohammed, a second republic lawmaker, has alleged that there is infighting between the nation's security and anti-graft agencies.He said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is “at war” with the Department of State Services (DSS), and that there is "terrible confusion" at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).Mohammed said this on Monday while speaking on Channels Television. President Muhammadu [...]

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    Omo-Agege secures court order to prevent police, DSS from arresting him

Omo-Agege secures court order to prevent police, DSS from arresting him

A high court sitting in Abuja has granted Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta central, an interim order restraining the police, Department of State Service (DSS) and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him.Omo-Agege had on Wednesday stormed the senate with unidentified persons who made away with the mace.The act caused chaos in the red chamber for a while, until a [...]

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    DSS operatives arrest Ekiti assembly minority leader

DSS operatives arrest Ekiti assembly minority leader

Gboyega Aribisogan, minority leader of the Ekiti house of assembly, was on Wednesday arrested by security agents.Sola, the lawmaker’s younger brother, confirmed the arrest to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.He said Aribisogan was arrested at about 6:30am by operatives of Department of State Services (DSS) and the police special anti-robbery squad (SARS), and subsequently taken to Abuja.“The security men [...]

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    Court frees Ngwuta, supreme court judge standing trial for corruption

Court frees Ngwuta, supreme court judge standing trial for corruption

The federal high court, Abuja, has freed Sylvester Ngwuta, a justice of the supreme court, standing trial for corruption.Ngwuta is accused of receiving bribes and is standing trial for a 13-count charge at the court.His house was among the judges residence raided by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in October 2016.Foreign currencies were said to have been [...]

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    After 10-year manhunt, DSS arrests ‘notorious gunrunner’

After 10-year manhunt, DSS arrests ‘notorious gunrunner’

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested Jonah Abbey, a "notorious gunrunner".In a statement on Sunday, Tony Opuiyo, an official of the DSS, said Abbey was arrested in Taraba alongside Agyo Saviour, his driver.Opuiyo said Abbey sold weapons to criminal groups in Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba states.The DSS official said the gunrunner [...]

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    DSS bows to pressure, releases detained journalist

DSS bows to pressure, releases detained journalist

The Department of State Service (DSS ) has released Tony Ezimakor, Abuja bureau chief of Daily Independent newspaper, after seven days in detention.Civil rights groups, human rights activists and different organisations had asked the secret police to release the journalist unconditionally.He had honoured the invitation of the agency on Wednesday but was detained while Jide Oyekunle, the photojournalist, who accompanied [...]

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    Falana: DSS reminding us of how Buhari’s military regime jailed journalists

Falana: DSS reminding us of how Buhari’s military regime jailed journalists

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the detention of Tony Ezimakor, Abuja bureau chief of Daily Independent newspaper by the Department of State Services (DSS) is a reminder of how the Muhammadu Buhari military regime jailed two journalists.DSS had invited Ezimakor to its headquarters in Abuja after a report detailing how the federal government allegedly paid Boko Haram millions of dollars [...]

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    NUJ asks DSS to release Abuja bureau chief of Daily Independent

NUJ asks DSS to release Abuja bureau chief of Daily Independent

The federal capital territory (FCT) chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Tony Ezimakor, Abuja bureau chief of the Daily Independent Newspapers.Ezimakor was invited to the DSS headquarters in Abuja three days ago but the agency refused to release him.His lawyers and family members were not allowed to see [...]

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    DSS DG: Why we negotiated with Boko Haram over UNIMAID lecturers

DSS DG: Why we negotiated with Boko Haram over UNIMAID lecturers

Lawal Daura, director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), says negotiating with Boko Haram was the "safest" means of rescuing the three abducted lecturers of the University of Maiduguri and 10 women from captivity.The woman and lecturers were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in June and July, respectively.The women were abducted from a police convoy in Borno state while [...]

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    Suspect: We gave police, DSS  N1m while smuggling 661 rifles

Suspect: We gave police, DSS N1m while smuggling 661 rifles

Mahmud Hassan, one of five men being tried for alleged importation of guns into the country, says the group paid N1 million to security agents to smuggle in gun consignment through Apapa Port, Lagos.Hassan made the claims in a video played by the prosecution in court on Monday.The video, said to be recorded while giving his statement when in the [...]

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    DSS quizzes Labaran Maku

DSS quizzes Labaran Maku

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday summoned Labaran Maku, a former minister of information.The Nasarawa state command of the service summoned the former minister for reasons yet to be ascertained.Maku, who was a minister under the immediate past administration, was quizzed by operatives of the service for about an hour.Addressing journalists after his encounter with the service, the national [...]

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