FG ar­raigns 5 over Oct 2 Abuja bomb­ings

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By John Chuks Azu & Ron­ald Mu­tum

In a dra­matic twist at the ar­raign­ment of five per­sons over the Oc­to­ber 2 bomb­ings in Abuja yes­ter­day, one of the ac­cused per­sons pleaded guilty to ter­ror­ism charges.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment ar­raigned Ab­du­lazeez Mu­hazab, Ishaku Sal­isu, Mo­hammed Ji­moh, Ab­dul­wa­heed Nasiru and Ab­du­lahi Nasiru be­fore a Fed­eral High Court in Abuja for al­legedly con­spir­ing with oth­ers at large and car­ried out the at­tack.

The po­lice had ear­lier yes­ter­day pa­raded the sus­pects at the Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS) head­quar­ters in Abuja.

A po­lice of­fi­cer fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion who does not want his name men­tioned said the sus­pects who are be­tween the ages of 26 and 34 were picked up in three lo­ca­tions within the month of Oc­to­ber.

The at­tack which took place in Kuje and Nyanya, two of Abuja’s sub­urbs, left scores dead and many in­jured.

In a five-count charge signed by the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP), Mo­hammed Diri, the sus­pects were ac­cused of con­spir­acy and ter­ror­ism.

They were also al­leged to have on Oc­to­ber 6 stored and con­cealed items sus­pected to be used for the mak­ing of Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices (IEDs) at Un­guwar Ebira, Kara­ma­jiji area be­hind Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery, Air­port Road, Abuja.

Mean­while, a state­ment yes­ter­day by po­lice spokesper­son, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (ACP) Olabisi Ko­la­wole, the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Solomon Arase con­firmed that the sus­pects were ar­rested at Kara­ma­jiji Vil­lage with dan­ger­ous bomb­ing tools which in­clude I-pad, lap­top and phone be­lieved to be used as ma­te­ri­als for mak­ing bombs were re­cov­ered.

Also, items al­legedly found on them in­clude: 27 pieces of det­o­na­tors, alu­minum pow­der, hex­omine, hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide, sul­phur pow­der, sodium azide plus ni­trate, iron ox­ide, sol­dier­ing wire, sugar, PH lit­mus pa­per, sodium car­bon­ate, ther­mome­ter, chlo­rate, fil­ter pa­per, strings, potas­sium chlo­rate, 12 ready-made IEDs and full bag of fer­til­izer.

“The IGP said the ar­rest of the sus­pects was made pos­si­ble by the proac­tive na­ture of the newly formed In­tel­li­gence Re­sponse Team,” Ko­la­wole added.

The IGP also warned Nige­ri­ans to avoid the temp­ta­tion of pick­ing 1-pad, phones or lap­tops not kept by them, as ter­ror­ists now use th­ese items in manufacturing bombs, know­ing its at­trac­tions and uses to the peo­ple.

The sus­pects’ of­fences are con­trary to sec­tions 17, 2 (a), 2 (b) and 2 (g) of the Ter­ror­ism Preven­tion Act, 2013.

How­ever, while four other ac­cused per­sons pleaded not guilty to the charges read to them, Ab­dul­wa­heed Nasiru pleaded guilty to the fourth count charge of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of items sus­pected to be used for the mak­ing of Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices (IEDs).

When defence coun­sel, Nureni Suleiman at­tempted to clar­ify the plea, the ac­cused per­son sus­tained his re­ply, main­tain­ing that the items be­longed to a friend.

Diri in­formed the court that the pros­e­cu­tion has com­pleted in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the mat­ter and ready to pro­ceed with the case.

Jus­tice Ab­dulka­dir Ka­farati re­fused an oral ap­pli­ca­tion for bail by the defence coun­sel.

He or­dered the trans­fer of the ac­cused per­sons from Po­lice cus­tody to Kuje pri­son on re­mand and ad­journed the case to Novem­ber 17 and 24 for trial.

Sus­pects ar­rested over the Nyanya and Kuje bomb­ings, be­ing es­corted by se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives af­ter their ar­raign­ment at the Fed­eral High Court in Abuja yes­ter­day. On the right are items the po­lice said were re­cov­ered from them.

Pic Macjohn Akande

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