Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Police Arraigns Alleged Mastermind Of Bomb Attack On 3 Newspapers Offices In Kaduna

The Police authority today arraigned before a  federal high court an alleged member of the militant Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram, Mustapha Usman over the bomb attack on the office of Thisday, The Moment and The Sun Newspapers offices located at the premises of S0J Plaza in Kaduna.  

It would be recalled that the 34 years old Mustapha Umar from Yobe state  was arrested on the 16th April,2012 when he allegedly drove a White Honda Academy car laden with explosive into the premises of SOJ Plaza where he detonated the explosive leaving few people wounded

The alleged terrorist who was brought into the court admst tight security could not take his plea on the ground he was not represented by a counsel

When Justice Ademola Adeniji sought to know why he could not hire the service of a lawyer the suspect who spoke through an interpreter said the police denied his love ones access to him while in the cell

Counsel to the federal government, Simon Labaran said the government was set for expeditious trial of the matter,arguing  that the suspect cannot delay hearing of the matter on the ground that he was told as at the time of arrest that he would need the services of a counsel

Justice Adeniji however said the court cannot seek the help of the Legal Aid Council to arrange for a lawyer to represent the alleged terrorist following the security and sensitive nature of the matter

 The trial Judge adjourned the matter to 5ft of February,2013 and ordered the police to  remind Mustapha Umar in Koje prison to enable him have access to his relatives and  hire a lawyer of his choice.

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