DSS okayed to detain suspected ISIS member for 60 days

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an order allowing the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain for 60 days a Nigerian, Emmanuel Osase, accused of being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order yesterday while ruling in an ex parte motion filed by the DSS.

Moving the motion, DSS’ lawyer A. A. Ugee said the motion was brought pursuant to Section 66(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022.

Ugee said the motion was filed to obtain the court’s order to detain Osase for 60 days pending the conclusion of an ongoing investigation in a case of terrorism involving the suspect.

In his ruling, Justice Ekwo said: “Upon studying the averments in the affidavit, I hereby grant the relief as prayed.”

The judge adjourned till June 3 for a report of further development in the case.

According to a court document filed by the DSS, Osase was arrested on March 11 and was accused of propagating the messages of ISIS, opposing the democratic system of government in Nigeria, and calling for terrorist attacks on Nigeria and its symbols of sovereignty.

It added: “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 state and its symbols of sovereignty.”



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