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Jones Abiri finally in court; Nigeria must release him: New York, August 2, 2018Nigerian authorities should release without delay Jones Abiri, publisher and editor in chief of the Weekly Source newspaper, and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nigeria’s state security service, known as the DSS, arrested Abiri on July 21, 2016, and has imprisoned him since.

Abiri today appeared in an Abuja magistrate’s court, his second court appearance in a week after two years without trial or family visitation, according to CPJ research. He was arraigned on July 27, according to Femi Falana, the head of the legal office representing Abiri, and Chikezie Omeje, who covered today’s hearing for the non-profit International Centre For Investigative Reporting (ICIR) news agency. Abiri was charged at the first hearing with sending text messages to two oil companies, Shell and Agip, allegedly demanding payments, according to the same sources. CPJ was unable to determine more details of the charges.

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Jones Abiri finally in court; Nigeria must release him: New York, August 2, 2018Nigerian authorities should release without delay Jones Abiri, publisher and editor in chief of the Weekly Source newspaper, and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nigeria’s state security service, known as the DSS, arrested Abiri on July 21, 2016, and has imprisoned him since.Abiri today appeared in an Abuja magistrate’s court, his second court appearance in a week after two years without trial or family visitation, according to CPJ research. He was arraigned on July 27, according to Femi Falana, the head of the legal office representing Abiri, and Chikezie Omeje, who covered today’s hearing for the non-profit International Centre For Investigative Reporting (ICIR) news agency. Abiri was charged at the first hearing with sending