Jones Abiri, Bayelsa Journalist, standing trial for alleged involvement in militancy, returned to the warm embrace of his wife, children and colleagues on Tuesday in Yenagoa.
Abiri, who was received at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, expressed his optimism of getting justice.
Abiri was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) since July 2016 and detained for over two years without trial.
He was, however, arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court this month and subsequently, granted bail.
Speaking at a reception to welcome him to Yenagoa, two years after his ordeal, Mr. Abiri said contrary to the views held by the SSS, he was ready to face trial and prove his innocence.
Abiri, a law student before his incarceration, applauded the civil rights community, media and public-spirited individuals, who fought for his release from SSS custody.
He expressed gratitude to the Bayelsa State Council of the NUJ for the warm reception accorded him and the support given by the union during his incarceration. Read more