The trial of Kabiru Abubakar better known as “Kabiru Sokoto”, one of the Boko Haram sect members believed to be behind the Christmas Day bombing of a church in Madalla, a suburb of the Federal Capital territory was on Wednesday stalled due to the absence of a Defence Lawyer.
Apart from the absence of a lawyer to defend the accused person, the inability of Chioma Onuegbu, the prosecution counsel to attach a proof of evidence to the amended charges brought against Sokoto also contributed to the situation that made the case unable to proceed.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola therefore adjourned till April 19 for trial and ordered that the State Security Service should allow Sokoto free access to a lawyer as he was not represented in court on Wednesday. Justice Ademola also ordered the prosecutor to serve the accused person with a summary of the case, the list of witnesses and any other evidence they have against him before 12 April to enable him prepare his defence.
The suspect was brought to the Federal High Court Abuja amid heavy security presence. Sokoto had once escaped from custody while the police were investigating his role in the Catholic Church bombing. He remained elusive for months before he was rearrested. His escape was believed to have cost former Inspector General of Police Hafiz Ringim and ACP Zakari Biu their positions.