Men of the Bayelsa state Department of State Services (DSS) has once again, arrested Jones Abiri, a Bayelsa-based journalist
Abiri was arrested at Ayabowei Plaza in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, where he was discussing with his colleagues.
”The armed men jumped out of the hilux van threatening to shoot Abiri if he moved, only to be forced into the Hilux. They then zoomed off while the other jeep closely followed behind. The guns they carried were similar to those of the secret service.” said an eye witness.
Another witness said: “The men jumped out of the vehicles in a gestapo fashion while he was chatting with his friends, said shouted ‘you are under arrest’. While he was demanding to know his offence, he was forcefully pushed into a waiting vehicle at gun point. Currently, his whereabouts are unknown.”
Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesman, has however said he could not confirm any arrest as he hadn’t received a briefing to the effect.
It will be recalled that Abiri was arrested by the DSS in 2016, on the grounds that he was a militant.
He was later released 2 years after, after several campaigns from local and international groups.