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Pius Awoke Esq. Regains Freedom After Three Years in DSS Custody


 Mr. Pius Awoke, an Abakaliki, Ebonyi State based lawyer, who has languished in the Department of State Services (DSS) detention without trial for almost three years is set to be released tomorrow going by the NBA’s latest update.

Awoke was reportedly arrested by DSS operatives on 27th July, 2021 along Abuja -Lokoja highway while returning to his Abakaliki base after attending a matter in the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The news of the release was revealed by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN in a statement today.

Below is the  statement:


Distinguished Colleague,

As I indicated in the course of the National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting held on 20 June 2024, I am pleased to inform you that I have, today, 21 June 2024, secured the release of our colleague, Pius I. Awoke, Esq of Abakaliki Branch from the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS). He was released alongside one Onyiba Emmanuel Chinonso, a computer science student of Ebonyi State University, who was arrested and detained with Mr. Awoke.

Both Messrs Awoke and Chinonso will be delivered to me at the NBA Secretariat tomorrow 22 June 2024.

I will continue to update you on further developments on this matter.

Please accept, as always, the assurances of my esteemed professional regards.

Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN

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