No evidence that Abiri is a journalist, only a guest of DSS – Presidency (Nation)

No evidence that Abiri is a journalist, only a guest of DSS – Presidency (Nation)

Presidency has dispelled insinuations that the arrest and continuing detention of Jones Abiri, who claimed to be a journalist, trampled on freedom of the press.

The presidency said on Thursday that Abiri has not been able been able to prove that he is a bona fide journalist.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), said in Abuja on Thursday said: “It is very uncharitable for anyone to infer that the President is in support of restrictions on freedom of expression and the media.’’

“On the issue of the arrest and continued detention of Abiri, who allegedly parades himself as a journalist, by the Department of the State Services (DSS), it is instructive to note that the accused is a guest of the security agency because of his alleged involvement in militant and criminal activities. Read more

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