The five masterminds of the October 2nd bomb attacks in Nyanya and Kuje areas of Abuja, which killed several people, were arraigned today before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The other four suspects: Andulazeez Muhazab, Ishaka Jimoh, Mohammed Jimoh, and Abullahi Nasiru all plead not guilty to all five of the counts they were charged with.
The charges included conspiracy to carry out a bomb attack utilizing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), resulting in the death of scores of citizens and the injury of several others, as well as the possession of materials which could be used to make IEDs.
Upon their arrest the five suspects had 27 detonator parts and several chemical compounds which are used to make IEDs. All of these charges are punishable under Section 2 (a) of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act of 2013.
The Prosecution Counsel, Musiliu Dire, asked the court to adjourn the matter to allow him to produce witnesses to testify on the case. In his own submission, the Defense Counsel, Nuremi Suleiman, requested the transfer of his clients from police custody to Kuje prison citing the ‘inhuman treatment’ his clients faced in police custody.
Judge Abdul Kafarati accepted Mr. Suleiman’s submission and ruled that the suspects should be remanded to Kuje prison. Justice Kafarati also adjourned the case to November 17th and 24th.