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DSS gets court’s consent to detain suspected ISIS Member, Emmanuel Osase for 60 days

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has permitted the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain for 60 days a Nigerian, Emmanuel Osase, accused of being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order yesterday while ruling in an ex parte motion filed by the DSS.

Moving the motion, DSS’ lawyer A. A. Ugee said the motion was brought pursuant to Section 66(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022.

Ugee said the motion was filed to obtain the court’s order to detain Osase for 60 days pending the conclusion of an ongoing investigation in a case of terrorism involving the suspect.

In his ruling, Justice Ekwo said: “Upon studying the averments in the affidavit, I hereby grant the relief as prayed.”

The judge adjourned till June 3 for report of further development in the case.

According to a court document filed by the DSS, Osase was arrested on March 11 and was accused of propagating the messages of ISIS, opposing the democratic system of government in Nigeria and calling for terrorist attacks on Nigeria and its symbols of sovereignty.

It added: “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 state and its symbols of sovereignty.”

The DSS alleged that Osase was jailed for five years for terrorism-related offences in France and was deported after the completion of his sentence.

It added: “Preliminary investigation revealed that the respondent, who is an ex-convict, still engages in terrorist activities which previously led to his conviction in France.

“The respondent appeared not to have renounced his terrorist ideologies, as he continues to engage with the proscribed pro-ISIS online media group known as ‘al-Alawn Media Foundation’ whose main objectives is the creation and dissemination of terrorist content and the promotion of terrorist attacks against democratic systems of government, such as Nigeria and the Western governments, including their interests across the globe.

“The respondent, who was born in the Federal Capital Territory, left Nigeria for France and never returned to Nigeria until his deportation after the completion of a five-year jail term in France for acts of terrorism and an attempt to join the Islamic State (IS) linked terrorist group, Friqat Al-Ghuraba (Group of Foreigners) in Syria.

“The respondent, at the point of arrest, formatted his mobile device to factory settings upon sighting security agents, ostensibly to wipe out any suspicious contents on the device and cover up his nefarious activities.

“The activities of the respondent constitute a potent threat to national security and corporate existence of Nigeria…”