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DSS Arrests Premium Times Editor, Ibanga Isine
The Department of the State Security Service, DSS, yesterday arrested and detained an editor with Premium Times, Ibanga Isine, at the federal High Court while he was covering an assignment.
Isine, a seasoned investigative journalist who has worked with several newspapers, including Punch and Leadership, is a nominee for the 2015 CNN African Journalist of the Year award.
The security agency has given no reason for detaining the journalist for several hours before he was released on Tuesday night.
According to Premium Times, Isine, who is the newspaper’s regional editor, had visited the court to keep track of the day’s cases including the trial of Charles Okah, who is being prosecuted for allegedly masterminding the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja.
Isine’s mobile phones and other electronic devices were reportedly seized by the DSS operatives effectively preventing him from communicating with his office.
The online newspaper said that its editor was originally held at the DSS headquarters for several hours before he was moved to its Asokoro office in Abuja
Premium Times reported yesterday that Okah, who is facing terrorism charges had after a brief talk in court on Tuesday attempted to commit suicide by jumping from the third floor of the five-storey building court house but was rescued by security operatives.