Lack Of Fuel Stalls Trial Of Nyanya Blast Suspects

Lack Of Fuel Stalls Trial Of Nyanya Blast Suspects

The case against five terrorists suspects have been stalled at a Federal High Court in Abuja due to lack of fuel for transportation.

Lack Of Fuel Stalls Trial Of Nyanya Blast Suspects


The prosecuting counsel M. S Diri told the court that he has been informed that there is no fuel in the operational vehicle of the prison services expected to transport the suspects to the court for hearing.

Diri said it is unfortunate that the five persons accused of having dealings that led to the multiple explosions at Nyanya and Kuje were not in court.

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He said the responsibility of bringing the defendants is solely on the prison authority.

"But officials of the Nigerian prisons are not even in court," Diri said.

But the judge, Abdul Kafarti said while it is solely the responsibility on the prison authority to ensure that suspects are brought to court, the prosecuting counsel representing the Nigeria police also has a responsibility to ensure that suspects of such caliber of cases are not transported in an open van.

To the judge's observation, Diri said he and his colleagues have agreed that by the next adjourned date the police will take full responsibility of bringing the suspects to the court in its vehicle.

But counsel for the first and second accused persons, A. A Mohammad told the court that it should be aware that innocent Nigerians are being held for a longer time than necessary.

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He said it is unfortunate that the state could not live up to its responsibility by ensuring that the suspects are brought to the court in the right condition.

"My lord, they should hasten the trial; the state has all the wherewithal to bring them here," Mohammad said.

Having listened to the counsels, Kafarati adjourned the case to December 17 for definite hearing, vacating the previous date given for November 24.

The suspects - Abdulazeez Muhazab, Ishiaku Salihu, Mohammed Jimoh, Abdulazeez Nasiru and Abdullahi Nasiru were arrested by the police over their involvement in terrorist activities.

They were all accused of the bomb blast incidence in Nyanya and Kuje on October 2.

One of the accused persons, Jimoh during their arraignment pleaded guilty to one out of the five of the charges against him.

He said the incriminating materials found on him was given to him by a friend, after several attempts by the court clerk to simplify the question to him.


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