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Court Begins Trial of Five Suspects over Nyanya, Kuje Bombings
Five suspects on Thursday were arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja in connection with the October 2 bombings in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja and Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The accused persons listed on the charge sheet were Abdulazeez Muhazab, Ishaka Salihu, Mohammed Jimoh, Abdulwaheed Nasiru and Abdullahi Nasiru.
The prosecution counsel, Mohammed Diri, during the resumed hearing before the court, filed oral application to replace the charges he filed on October 12 with fresh charges filed on October 21.
Diri said that the new charge sheet contained a five-count charge against the five accused persons, adding that it also had copies of the proof of evidence of witnesses, brief summary of the case and list of exhibitions.
The government’s counsel said the fresh charge sheet also had the affidavit of the already concluded police investigation on the case.
Justice Abdul Kafarati granted the application as it was not opposed by Nureni Sulyman, counsel to the defendants, and the new charge sheet was read to the five accused persons.
One of the charges alleged that Muhazab, Salihu, Jimoh, Nasiru, Abdullahi Nasiru and others at large at Kuje and Jikwoyi Park, Nyanya conspired to carry out bomb attacks, adding that the suspects used Improvised Explosives Devices,IED.
The charge stated that the act was an offence punishable under Section 17 of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act 2013.
The second count alleged that the five accused and others at large collaborated to bomb Jikoyi Park in Nyanya which resulted in the death of scores of people on October 2.
It said that act was an offence punishable under Section 2 (a) of Terrorism Prevention Act.
The third charge had similar elements of allegations against the accused persons as contained in count-two, while the fourth alleged that the first to the fifth defendants and others now at large on Oct. 6 at Ungwar Ebira, Karamajiji area in FCT were found with bomb making materials.
It listed the materials to include 27 pieces of detonators, aluminum powder, Hexomine, Hydrogene Peroxide, Surlphur Powder, Sodium Azide plus nitrate.
Others are: Iron 11 Oxide, Soldering wire, Sugar, PH litmus paper, Sodium Carbonate, 12 ready-made Improvised Explosives Devices, IED and a bag of fertilizer, among others.
The fourth accused person, Nasiru, who pleaded guilty to count four, however, joined the others to plead not guilty to the remaining charges.