Re-arrested Boko Haram Suspect Arraigned

A suspected Boko Haram, Muktar Suleiman, who escaped from the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS), has been rearrested.
Muktar Suleiman and others still at large escaped from SSS (also called DSS) custody in 2015. .
A Lokoja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that Mr. Suleiman be remanded in prison custody.
The Chief Magistrate, Levi Animoku, who gave the order, described the charges preferred against the accused as horrifying and grievous.
“Culpable homicide is the highest crime in our legal system.
“Section 341(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) simpliciter, precludes a court from granting bail to a person accused of such offence.
“Consequently, the accused shall be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe and the case is adjourned till March 16, for mention,” he ruled.
The prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abaji, in his application for the remand of the accused, urged the court to take cognisance of the charges preferred against him.
Abaji, a counsel in the Ministry of Justice, said the accused was arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and belonging to a gang of brigands.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 97(1), 221, 305 of the Penal Code and Section 4 of the Terrorism [Prevention][Amendment] Act 2013.
Abaji told the court that Mr. Suleiman and one other currently at large, members of the outlawed Boko Haram, escaped from custody of the SSS with the aid of other members of the group in 2015.
The escapees, according to Mr. Abaji, killed a police officer and a fellow inmate during their escape.
He said that investigations revealed that they fled to places in Yobe, Zaria and Kano for further training about three months ago.

Author: News Editor

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