Four armed men believed to be operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) whisked away with a journalist, Jones Abiri, to an unknown location.
Okay Nigeria understands that Abiri, the publisher of Weekly Source Newspaper, had been in detention of the State Security Services (SSS) for over two years without trial. However, he was then charged to court for terrorism where he was released and awarded N10m for damages.
It was learnt on Saturday that the SSS operatives whisked away with Abiri around 4:30 p.m.
How he was whisked away
Mr Abiri was in company of some collegues at his office at Azikoro junction of Yenagoa when the armed men arrived at the scene in a white Hilux Van and black Prado Jeep and forcibly dragged and pushed their victim into one of the vehicles and drove off. – Eyewitnesses at the scene revealed.
Austin Bodo, a journalist who witnessed the incident, told the News Agency of Nigeria that “we were sitting outside his office when a black Prado jeep and white Hilux drove into the premises in commando style.
“As they packed, two men carrying the type of guns used by DSS operatives, jumped out of one of the cars and said Abiri was under arrest and immediately started dragging him and forced him into one of the cars and drove off.”
Bankole Abdulazeez, another witness at the scene said “we were discussing national issues when the cars drove in.
“Two armed men came out of the cars and without identifying themselves, they said you are under arrest and started dragging him.
“They threatened to shoot anybody that tries to stop them.
“I heard him shouting ‘what have I done again? what have I done again?’ Before they finally dragged him into one of the cars and drove off,” he said.