- Malami has given reasons why soldiers involved in the Wadume rescue have not been prosecuted
- According to him, the soldiers are being court-martialed
- Going further, he added that the military will complete its in-house process before releasing its personnel
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Following the allegation that soldiers implicated in the killing of police officers by a kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, popularly known as Wadume, are deliberately being shielded from prosecution, Abubakar Malami, has denied the allegations.
Malami, who is the attorney-general and minister of justice disclosed this on Wednesday, July 1.
According to him, the government was only giving time to allow the established processes to be consummated.
He said that the affected soldiers were currently being charged before a court-martial in accordance with established laws in the country.
He added that before the military could release their personnel for prosecution, they must also go through their in-house processes.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a Federal High Court ordered the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce the army officers who were alleged to have aided the escape of Wadume in Court.
Justice Binta Nyako ordered Buratai or any other person whose custody the suspects were to provide them in court by March 30.
Legit.ng gathered that she said that the court shall enroll the order to the prosecution so that they could serve it to the parties involved.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, filed a 16 counts charge against one Taraba state kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, aka Wadume, alongside 19 other suspects.
The charge, dated February 3, borders on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms possession.
The suspects ordered by the Judge to appear before the court are the second to 11th respondents in the charge.
Soldiers of 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba state, had on August 6, 2019, shot members of a special anti-crime squad from the Inspector General of Police Office, who had arrested Wadume and were transporting him to the state police command, Jalingo, for interrogation, killing three policemen and two civilians on the spot.
Legit.ng had also reported that popular lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has asked AGF Abubakar Malami (SAN) to order the immediate arrest and prosecution of the 10 soldiers.
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