The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has described the two years detention of journalist Jones Abiri as outright conviction and ordered the government to pay N10 million in damages to Abiri.
Abiri was arrested in August 2016 and detained for two years till his lawyers, led by human rights activist, Femi Falana filed a fundamental suit against the Federal government.
Following the outcry by various human rights agencies and the media, Abiri was arraigned on militancy at a magistrate court in Abuja.
Speaking at a judgment on Abiri’s fundamental rights suit at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday، the judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, said the federal government had no right to detain Abiri after taking his statement in 2016.
“Having taken his statement, the applicant should have been arraigned,” Dimgba ruled.
The judge said the federal government’s submission that Abiri was detained in national security was baseless.