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Suspect in Boko Haram leader’s killing remanded

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Justice Donatus Okorowo of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered Sgt. Adamu Gado, who is standing trial over the death of a former leader of the Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the ruling on his bail application on October 1.

This came as the ACN expressed concern over the tragedies caused by the activities of Islamic sect.

The party in a communiqué at the end of its National Working Committee meeting, also traced the FG’s inability to curtail the Boko Haram insurrection to the failure of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to effectively manage the country.

The communiqué was signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The ACN said, “That the ACN is seriously alarmed at the inept and clueless handling of the Boko Haram crisis by the FG, which has shown clearly that it is suffering not just from a failure of leadership, but also a failure of initiative in tackling the crisis.

Counsel for Gado, Mr. Edward Inegedu, who moved a bail application, drew the attention of the court to the fact that his client would need some vital documents to defend himself in the trial.

He added that since the court recognised the right of an accused person to get bail pending trial, there was the need to admit his client to bail to enable him to prepare for proper trial.

But the prosecuting counsel, Mr. R.N Ojabo, opposed the bail application, saying the security of the prosecution witnesses would be greatly jeopardised if the accused was granted bail.

He, therefore, asked the court to refuse the application.

But before adjourning for ruling on the bail application, Justice Okorowo had wondered why the prosecution chose to oppose the application on a mere premise of the security of the witnesses rather than bringing sufficient materials to explain why the accused should not be granted bail.

Five senior police officers attached to the Borno State Command are standing trial over alleged killing of Yusuf and his followers.

They had been arraigned for fresh charges of terrorism and extra-judicial killing of Yusuf on July 30 2009 in Maiduguri.

The accused persons are two Assistant Commissioners of Police, John Abang and M.A. Akeera; Mohammed Ahmadu, a Chief Superintendent of Police; Mada Buba, an Assistant Superintendent of Police and Sergeant Adamu Gado.

The four of the accused persons were allowed to continue enjoying the bail which had earlier been granted them by the Kaduna Division of the Federal High Court.

The ACN said, “That the deployment of troops to tackle the crisis has stoked the fire, hence the need by the FG to review the tactics so far employed to curtail the Boko Haram phenomenon.

“That if the FG persists in its clueless and lack of creativity in handling the crisis, it will have grave consequences for the corporate existence of Nigeria, as unpatriotic and undemocratic elements have historically seized such moments to destabilise the polity.”

It warned the FG to get a firm understanding of the phenomenon which, contrary to the position held by the government and the uninformed commentators, “is more social and political than a religious issue.”

The forum described the Boko Haram phenomenon as a reaction to the injustice, corruption and insensitivity of the governments at all levels to the plight of the masses in the affected areas.

Also against the initial perception, the party said that the leaders of the Islamic sect were not illiterates or drop outs, but were rather educated and political elites.

The party submitted that “the Boko Haram sect enjoys the massive support of civil servants, technocrats, students, the intelligentsia and the working class and that the sect draws its membership from these classes.”

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