Kogi University lecturer to be arraigned in February over alleged Boko Haram link

Mr. Nazeef claims he is being set up

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Friday, fixed February 3 for the arraignment of a Kogi State University lecturer, Muhammad Nazeef, over his alleged connection with Boko Haram.

Mr. Nazeef, a lecturer in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies of the university, was paraded alongside four others by the State Security Services, SSS, at its headquarters in Abuja on November 20, 2013.

The presiding judge, Gabriel Kolawole, fixed the arraignment date on the basis that charges filed against the accused persons by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation had not been served on them. He, however, ordered that the charges be served before the set date.

On January 13, the SSS had informed the court that it had no evidence against three of the suspects: Mustapha Yusuf, Ismaila Abdulazeez and Ibrahim Hayafu. They were discharged by the court while the SSS applied for a leave from the court to further detain Mr. Nazeef and Umar Musa until their arraignment, a request the judge approved.

Mr. Nazeef has denied any link with the outlawed sect. However, when the suspects wee earlier paraded by the SSS last year, the others had accused him of being their ring leader.

Mr. Nazeef on the day of the parade said he believed he was being set up by Boko Haram following his consistent preaching against the sect’s activities. His daughter, Summayya Muhammad, also stated that her father had always condemned the Boko Haram’s activities and that tapes of his messages were proof of that.

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