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Court grants DSS order to detain Nigerian, Osase, suspected ISIS member for 60 days

Court grants DSS order to detain Nigerian, Osase, suspected ISIS member for 60 days

Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted order for the detention of a Nigerian, Emmanuel Osase, accused of being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for 60 days.

The judge gave the order on Wednesday while ruling in a motion ex-parte filed by the State Security Service (SSS) marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/409/2024.
At the proceedings, counsel for the SSS, Mr 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 SSS to detain Osase for 60 days pending the conclusion of investigation.

In a ruling, Justice Ekwo, a vacation judge, granted the prayer of the SSS.
He granted the relief upon studying the averments in the affidavit and subsequently adjourned the matter 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 the personnel of the State Security Service attached to the Legal Service Department, National Headquarters, Abuja, Ahmad Abubakar, the service sought an order to detain the suspect for 60 days, adding that the release of the suspect could jeopardize its investigation.

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