Court Approves DSS Request to Detain Alleged ISIS Member for 60 Days

Court Approves DSS Request to Detain Alleged ISIS Member for 60 Days

In Abuja, the Federal High Court has authorized a request by the Department of State Services (DSS) for a 60-day detention of Emmanuel Osase, a Nigerian alleged to have ties with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Justice Inyang Ekwo issued this directive during a session on Wednesday, responding to an ex-parte motion submitted by the DSS under the case number: FHC/ABJ/CS/409/2024.

The motion, presented by DSS counsel A. A. Ugee, was in accordance with section 66(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022. It aimed to secure judicial approval to detain Osase for a period of 60 days to facilitate ongoing investigations into terrorism charges against him.

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

The case is set for a follow-up hearing on June 3, where developments in the investigation will be reviewed.

DSS documents reveal Osase’s arrest on March 11, implicating him in spreading ISIS propaganda, challenging Nigeria’s democratic governance, and inciting terrorist attacks against the nation and its symbols

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