Court gives DSS nod to detain terror suspect for 45 days

A Federal high Court in Abuja has granted permission to the Department of State Service (DSS) to detain one Adamu Mohammed for 45 days pending conclusion of investigation.

Mohammed is being investigated for allegedly divulging sensitive information to members of the Boko Haram terror gang.

Justice B.O. Quadri gave the order following an ex-parte application filed by the DSS for an order to remand the suspect for 90 days pending conclusion of investigation.

Quadri reduced the 90 days to 45 days, saying the law only allowed two months within which a suspect could be detained while investigations were ongoing.

The judge, however, added that the number of days could be reviewed upward where the court deemed it necessary.

“The applicant shall provide the court with an update of the investigation before the expiration of the 45 days; consequent upon such an update, the court might review the remand order upward where necessary,” the judge said.

Counsel to the DSS, Mr. O.J. Odu, who moved the application, told the court that it was pursuant to Section 27 (1) of the Terrorism Prevention Act.

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