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16 Nov 2017

Drama as DSS Seeks Out Of Court Settlement With Pastor Detained Since March

A pastor who has been in DSS detention for since March has been offered with an our of court settlement after filing a suit against the service.
The Department of State Services (DSS), on Thursday, told an FCT High Court, Lugbe, that it was seeking out of court settlement in the suit filed by Pastor Innocent Freeborn, challenging his detention since March 7, NAN reports.

Freeborn, a pastor with the Lord’s Charismatic Warrior Ministry was arrested on March 7 by the DSS at Aba, without any stated offence and whisked to the DSS Port Harcourt command.

Mr Shimana Azer, counsel to the DSS, the defendant in the matter, told the court that the DSS had approached counsel to the applicant, Mr George Ibiam, for amicable resolution of the case.

He added that though Freeborn was still in the DSS custody, the DSS was willing to settle out of court and free the detained pastor.

Ibiam told the court that the parties were in the process of resolving the matter.

He said that the DSS had approached him for an amicable resolution; adding that he was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Ibiam said that Freeborn had been in the custody of DSS for eight months without trial, adding that the family just discovered his where about with the help of a freed detainee.

He said that his client was arrested without any charges and whisked to Port Harcourt, then brought to the headquarters of DSS in Abuja, and had since remained there without trail.

According to him, the family initially thought Freeborn was dead or kidnapped, but it was one of those detained along with him in Port Harcourt and later released that made us know he was in DSS custody.

He added that it was the person that told the family that Pastor Freeborn has been taken to Abuja.

Ibiam said that when they got the information, they came to the headquarters of the DSS in Abuja, but they were refused access to see Freeborn.

The counsel said that his client approached the court to enforce his fundamental rights, for being detained since March without being charged to any court.

Justice Angela Otaluka, adjourned the case until December 11 for report of settlement or hearing if there was any breach of agreement to free the plaintiff.

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