SSS Finally Frees Abia-Based Lawyer Illegally Detained For Four Months

Abuja (Precise Post) – The Nigeria’s State Security Service (SSS), has on Friday, Gabriel Ogbonna, an Abia-based lawyer who has spent four months in its custody.

According to PREMIUM TIMES, the agency refused to release Mr Ogbonna despite multiple court judgments ordering his release.

The judgment of Justice Taiwo of the Abuja Federal High Court in Abuja last Tuesday made it the third time a court would grant Mr Ogbonna bail.

This paper reported how the lawyer was arrested for posting articles criticising the Okezie Ikpeazu-led government in Abia State, via his social media page, in March.

Shortly after the arrest, he was arraigned alongside another person for cybercrime and publishing false and threatening messages against Governor Ikpeazu, at a magistrate court in Umuahia.

However, because the magistrate court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case, he was remanded at a correctional facility in the state capital until April 28, when he was arraigned before the Federal High Court in Umuahia and was granted bail.

Mr Ogbonna was re-arrested by SSS operatives on his way out of the correctional facility in Umuahia on the same day. This was after he had perfected the bail conditions.

This paper learnt that the SSS moved Mr Ogbonna to its office in the state and in April, its headquarters in Abuja, where he was in custody without any charges until recently when he was charged with allegations bordering around cybercrime.

It was also learnt that Mr Ogbonna regained freedom after his bail conditions, as stipulated by Justice Taiwo, were perfected.

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