Gombe blast: Court reserves judgement on 3 cops, others

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By Vivian Okejeme




Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, reserved judgement on the trial of three policemen and fi ve Boko Haram suspects.
Th e suspects were on April 3, 2014, arraigned before the court for allegedly unleashing terror at the Ashaka police station, Bajoga, Gombe state, which led to the death of the Divisional Police Offi cer, S.
P Abubakar Sadia, and three other cops.
Justice Ademola reserved judgement after prosecution and defence counsel re-adopted their fi nal written addresses.
Counsel to the 3rd defendant, Khamagam Manuel, while adopting his fi nal written address, urged the court to discharge and acquit the defendants.
In his argument, he submitted that the only evidence produced by the prosecution seeking to link the 3rd defendant and other defendants with the commission of the alleged serious crime “is a mere sheet of paper which is Exhibit 22A.
” He further argued that the three statements were inconsistent and could not stand in the face of law.
After listening to the submissions of the both parties, the trial judge, adjourned to ruling date which he said would be communicated to the parties.



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