After two years, detained Bayelsa-based journalist, Jones Abiri freed


…Trial commences September 5, 2018

Jones Abiri the Bayelsa-based Journalist

Jones Abiri, the Bayelsa-based journalist detained for over two years has been released.

The journalist was released on Wednesday after he was said to have met his bail conditions.

There had been an outrage within and outside the country over Mr Abiri’s arrest and detention by the DSS.

The publisher of the Weekly Source Magazine was arrested on July 21, 2016, at his office in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

He was arrested for his alleged link to armed militancy in the Niger Delta region, an allegation he denied.

Two years after his arrest, he was not charged to court.

Following public outcry, however, Abiri was eventually charged with the offence on July 27, 2018, at the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Wuse Zone 2 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The court later granted him bail in the sum of N2 million and two sureties whom the court said must be civil servants not lower than level 12.

The court, however, last week reviewed his bail conditions which were eventually met on Wednesday evening after an application by his lawyer who said they were too stringent for his client.

Magistrate Chukwuemeka Okafor adjourned the trial till September 5 on Friday following the absence of the prosecutor and the defence counsel in court when the case was called.

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