JUST IN: Court detains Nigerian suspected ISIS member for 60 days

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JUST IN: Court detains Nigerian suspected ISIS member for 60 days

3rd April 2024

 

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Solomon Odeniyi

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the detention of a Nigerian accused of being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Emmanuel Osase, for 60 days.

 

The trial judge, Inyang Ekwo, gave the order following a motion ex-parte filed by the Department of State Servicesmarked FHC/ABJ/CS/409/2024.

 

At Wednesday’s proceedings, the applicant’s counsel, A. A Ugee, told the court that the matter was brought pursuant to Section 66(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022.

 

He prayed the court for an order enabling the applicant to detain the respondent for 60 days pending the conclusion of the investigation.

 

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Ruling,  Justice Ekwo, a vacation judge, granted the prayer of the service.

 

He said, “Upon studying the averments in the affidavit, I hereby grant the relief as prayed. ”

 

Justice Ekwo subsequently adjourned the matter till June 3, 2024.

 

Osase, who was arrested on March 11, was accused of propagating the messages of the terrorist group, opposing the democratic system of government in Nigeria, and calling for terrorist attacks on Nigeria and its symbols of sovereignty.

 

In an affidavit dated March 27, 2024, and deposed to by an official of the Department of State Services attached to the Legal Service Department, National Headquarters, Abuja, the service sought an order to detain the suspect for 60 days, adding that the suspect’s release could jeopardise the investigation.

 

He said, “It is necessary for the applicant in the case to apply to this court for an order to detain the applicant for 60 days, pending the conclusion of an ongoing investigation in a case of terrorism;

 

“That the respondent was arrested by a team of personnel from the applicant’s office for alleged membership and propagation of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist messages, including opposition to the democratic system of government and the call for staging terrorist attacks against Nigeria and its symbols of sovereignty.”

 

Abubakar stated that Osase was jailed for five years for terrorism-related offences in France and was deported after the completion of his sentence.

 

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He noted that from the service’s preliminary investigation,  Osase was still involved in terrorist activities.

 

Abubakar said the respondent still engaged with a proscribed pro-ISIS online media group known as “al-Alawn Media Foundation.

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