Jones Abiri, who was recently released from the custody of the State Security Service (SSS), has sued the Federal Government.
In an application heard on Monday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Abiri requested a compensation of N200 million, for being detained without trial.
Abiri, a journalist based in Bayelsa State, was arrested in 2016, and eventually arraigned in 2018, after public outcry. He was later released on bail in August 2018.
According to Premium Times, Abiri is requesting the court to compel the SSS to compensate him for his ordeal while in detention.
Led by Femi Falana, Abiri’s lawyers noted that the action of the SSS in detaining their client for a long time without trial, violates his right to personal liberty, dignity of person, freedom of association and fair hearing, among others.
However, since the respondent had not filed an affidavit in response to the motion, as at the time of the court proceeding, the case was not heard.
Abiri’s lawyer, Samuel Ogala, was present for the applicant, while the SSS counsel, G.O. Agbadua, asked the court for time to obtain his client’s response to the application.
The matter was adjourned till September 3.