Court gives DSS Order to detain ISIS member for 60 days

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Terrorism: Court gives DSS nod to detain ISIS member for 60 days

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, gave the Department of State Services, DSS, the permission to detain one Emmanuel Osase, who was accused of being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS.

The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo who is sitting a the vacation judge, gave the security agency the nod to keep Osase in its custody for 60 days to enable the conclusion of investigations into his alleged involvement with the terror group.

The detention order followed an ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/409/2024, which the DSS filed through it’s team of lawyers led by A. A. Ugee.

The motion was brought pursuant to Section 66(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022.

The court subsequently adjourned the matter till June 3.

According to the court processes, Osase, was on March 11, arrested by security operatives for supporting the ISIS by not only propagating its messages and opposing the democratic system of government in Nigeria, but for also calling for terrorist attacks on Nigeria and its symbols of sovereignty.

The DSS told the court that it would need Osase in custody to enhance ongoing investigations into the level of his commitment to ISIS.

“It is necessary for the Applicant in this case to apply to this court for an order to detain the Respondent for 60 days, pending the conclusion of an ongoing investigation in a case of terrorism.

“That 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 and its symbols of sovereignty,” the DSS averred in an affidavit it brought before the court.

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