ESCAPEE BIKO HARAM MEMBER REARRESTED, CHARGED TO COURT

Muktar Suleiman, a suspected Boko Haram member who escaped with some of his colleagues from a detention centre belonging to the Department of State Services (DSS) has been re-arrested.

He and his colleagues were said to have escaped from custody in 2015, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

A suspected Boko Haram member arrested.

The report said Chief Magistrate Levi Animoku described the charges preferred against the accused as horrifying and grievous.

“Culpable h*micide 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 report said the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abaji, had told the court of the three-count charge preferred against the accused as including criminal conspiracy and belonging to a gang of brigands.

He explained that the offences contravened sections 97(1), 221, 305 of the penal code and section 4 of the terrorism [prevention][amendment] act of 2013.

The counsel said Suleiman and his colleague killed a police officer and a fellow inmate during their escape. They thereafter fled to places in Yobe, Zaria and Kano for further training about three months ago.

After their training, they reportedly returned to Otukpo in Benue, as well as Ankpa, Idah,and Anyigba in Kogi on recruitment drive and planned attacks on specific places in Ankpa and Anyigba before Suleiman was arrested.

 

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