There is no stopping of the Super Eagles in CHAN, says Umeh

the Boko Haram sect over the failure of the Federal Government to proffer charges three months after their arrest.

The court, presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordered the release of the trio of, Mustapha Yusuf (aka Habib), Ismaila Abdulazeez and Ibrahim Isa Hayafu (3rd, 4th and 5th respondents) respectively were discharged.

It would be recalled that the Department of State Security Service had late last year paraded Nazeef Yunus, a lecturer of the Kogi State University, Ayingba, the three released accused persons and two others, for allegedly being members of a Boko Haram cell.

Nazeef, 44, amehsaid to be a lecturer in the Department for Islamic Studies, was said to be the spiritual leader of the cell.

At a resumed sitting, prosecution counsel, Clifford Osagie, informed the court that he had a motion ex-parte dated January 22, seeking for an order of the court for further extension of the detention period of Yunus (1st respondent), Umar Musa (2nd), and Salami Abdullahi (6th) respondents by the SSS pending their arraignment for terrorism related offences.

However, Hassan Liman (SAN), counsel for Yunus objected, and even reminded the court of its order made on January 13, which directed the Federal Government to file formal charges and to prosecute the accused persons within seven days or risk their release from the custody of the SSS.

Liman, contended that if there would be any application by way of motion ex-parte for extension of detention of the suspects from the prosecution counsel, the respondents should have been put on notice and served with such an application.

He therefore urged the court not to take the application and subsequently hold that the respondents should be served.

No tags for this post.

Sign Up Now

ePaper Subscription