FG Re-arraigns El-Zakzaky Chief Security Officer, Abbas, Two Others on Terrorism Charges

The Chief Security Officer to the detained Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and two others, were Monday re-arraigned before justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The Federal Government had arraigned Haruna Abbas, Ibrahim Musa and Adam Suleiman before Justice Adeniyi Ademola on a 7-count criminal charge for allegedly supporting terrorism between 2009 and 2013 by agreeing to send people for terrorist training in Iran contrary to Section 4, of the Terrorist Prevention Act 2013.
El-Zakzaky, leader of Shi’ite in Nigeria, has been in detention since December 12, 2015, after members of the sect encountered convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai in a shoot out.
Federal Government, while docking them, Monday, on an amended 8-count charge, said they allegedly conspired amongst themselves to do an act preparatory to an act of terrorism, by obtaining Nigeria’s International Passport and Iranian Visa for travelling to Iran for terrorist training.
The prosecuting counsel, Miss Chike Nnenna, told the court that the matter was starting afresh as the charge was dated Nov. 5, 2014.
When the charges were read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty.
The prosecuting counsel made an oral application that Ibrahim Musa (the 2nd defendant) who is still in DSS custody should be sent to prison for remand.
Counsel to Abbas, Aliyu Musa, informed the court that he wished to make an oral application on the health of the defendant.
Justice Chikere, however refused the oral application made by Musa and told him to file a motion which will be heard on the next adjourned date.
The Judge, adjourned until May 11 for hearing of motion and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.

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