DSS Operatives Harass Premium Times Journalist For Taking Pictures Of Activists Arrested At Dunamis Church

Operatives of the Department of State Services on Wednesday at Mpape Magistrate Court, Abuja, harassed a journalist with on-line medium, Premium Times, Ameh Ekwonyilo, for taking the photographs of 5 activists arrested on the Dunamis International Gospel Centre for sporting T-Shirts with the inscription #BuhariMustGo. 

The reporter, who was in court docket to cowl the proceedings of the trial of the activists, was harassed and had his cell phone seized by the gun-wielding officers who had been stationed inside the premises.

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Trouble began when the journalist made try to take the photographs of the activists shortly after that they had been granted bail by the court docket.

One of the hooded DSS officers drafted to the court docket shortly dragged him and snatched his cell phone.

A heated altercation ensued because the officers pounced on him and threatened to arrest him whereas the chief of the group deleted all the photographs within the telephone.

The journalist maintained that he had not dedicated any offence by taking the photographs of the defendants on the premises of the court docket, including that he had no obligation to take permission from the officers earlier than finishing up his constitutional obligation as a journalist.

It took the intervention of the lawyer of the activists who appealed to the officers to launch the telephone to the journalist.

SaharaReporters had reported how the activists had been charged on 5 counts bordering on felony conspiracy with intent to trigger a breach of the peace and disturb the general public peace, an offence opposite to Section 114 of the Penal Code Law CAP 89 LFN 1990 and punishable underneath the identical legislation.

The activists specifically; Ben Mannaseh, Emmanuel Larry, Victor Udoka Anene, a blind Saxophonist, Samuel Gabriel Iwatonaiye and Henry Nwodo had spent 25 days in unlawful detention.

They had been denied entry to their households and legal professionals.

The Chief Magistrate, Mohammed Zubairu, had admitted the activists to bail of N500,000 with one surety in like sum who should submit his/her National Identity Card to the court docket.

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DSS Operatives Harass Premium Times Journalist For Taking Pictures Of Activists Arrested At Dunamis Church

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