Three cops, 5 oth­ers charged with ter­ror­ism

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By John Chuks Azu

The federal govern­ment yes­ter­day ar­raigned three po­lice of­fi­cers and five other per­sons be­fore a Federal High Court in Abuja for al­leged ter­ror­ism.

Cor­po­ral Jimmy Oba’ a and Con­sta­bles Michael Manu and Iliya Mark who are ac­cused of be­ing mem­bers of the Boko Haram sect were al­leged to have on March 7, 2012 at­tacked the Ashaka Po­lice Sta­tion lo­cated in Ba­joga LGA of Gombe State with dan­ger­ous weapons and dif­fer­ent types of am­mu­ni­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion (AGF), the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO) of the Po­lice Sta­tion, Abubakar Sadika Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, and Cor­po­rals Imamu Ijinyawa, Yakubu Azi and Idi Harima were shot and killed in the in­ci­dent.

The three count charge brought yes­ter­day by prose­cu­tion coun­sel Lawrence Alabi also joins Abeimel Ibrahim, Isah Kano, Yam­bali Umaru, Danga Wil­fred and Sadeeq Ali Amit­iga as co-ac­cused.

When the charges were read, the ac­cused per­sons pleaded not guilty.

How­ever an oral ap­pli­ca­tion for their bail by de­fence coun­sel Nan­pon Wuyep was over­ruled by Jus­tice Ade­mola Adeniyi in­sist­ing it must be writ­ten.

Wuyep said he did not file a bail ap­pli­ca­tion for all the ac­cused per­sons be­cause he was not sure the po­lice would com­ply with an or­der of the court on De­cem­ber 16, 2013 to the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Mo­hammed Abubakar to pro­duce the Po­lice of­fi­cers who had been put through an or­derly room trial and trans­ferred to the Anti-Rob­bery Squad in Abuja.

Mean­while, Jus­tice Adeniyi has fixed the case for hear­ing on May 26 and 27.

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