Friday, July 22, 2016

Computers, documents carted away, publisher arrested by DSS

Some personal computers and documents belonging to Chief Jones Abiri, the publisher of the Weekly Source, who was also arrested over undisclosed offences at the weekend  by security operatives suspected to be members of the Department of the State Services (DSS), were carted away, ITRealms reports.

ITRealms gathered that the armed security operatives, arrived the publishing house in the early hours of Thursday in three cars with registration numbers SAG 391AA, PBT 480 AA and Lagos 193 DN, disregarded questions from Journalists and members of the Nigeria Union of Journlaists (NUJ) and bundled the publisher to an unknown destination.

Also, correspondent learnt that after much pressure from the Journalists present at the scene, one of the security operative simply uttered that Chief Abiri was arrested on national security issues.

An eye witness informed that the security men made away with several documents from Abiri’s office and left with the publisher, “while the search lasted, the security personnel didn’t allow anyone into the office.”

Attempts by some colleagues from the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to confirm the whereabout of Abiri was not successful as the State headquarters of the DSS and other relevant security agencies denied knowledge of the arrest.

“We have searched and could not trace his whereabouts. But a source at the DSS said no security agent can come to the state and effect any arrest without prior information to them,”  the source was quoted.

Uboshe Uboshe with additional reports from 247UReport/GEE

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