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Court orders detention of Nigerian suspected ISIS member for 60 days

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a ruling for the 60-day detention of Emmanuel Osase, a Nigerian accused of being associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The decision was made by Justice Inyang Ekwo in response to a motion ex-parte filed by the Department of State Services with the reference FHC/ABJ/CS/409/2024.

During the court session on Wednesday, A. A Ugee, the applicant’s counsel, cited Section 66(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 as the basis for the application.

The court was requested to allow the applicant to detain Osase for 60 days until the investigation is completed.

Justice Ekwo, acting as a vacation judge, granted the request of the Department of State Services after reviewing the contents of the affidavit.

He stated, “After examining the allegations in the affidavit, I hereby approve the requested relief.”

The continued proceedings have been scheduled for June 3, 2024, following Osase’s arrest on March 11 on charges of disseminating ISIS propaganda, opposing Nigeria’s democratic system, and inciting terrorist attacks against the country.

The Department of State Services, in an affidavit dated March 27, 2024, expressed concerns that Osase’s release could compromise the ongoing investigation.

According to the affidavit, Osase, previously convicted of terrorism-related offenses in France, continued to engage in terrorist activities after his deportation.

The Department of State Services emphasized Osase’s involvement with a banned pro-ISIS online media group named “al-Alawn Media Foundation” and highlighted the critical importance of detaining him to safeguard national security.

Furthermore, the Department stated that Osase attempted to erase potentially incriminating data from his phone upon encountering security personnel during his arrest.

Concerned about the security implications, the Department urged the court to grant the detention extension to thoroughly investigate Osase and prevent any potential security threats.

Osase’s cooperation in providing crucial information for apprehending other individuals connected to terrorist activities was also underscored in the Department’s submission.

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