Nyanya bomb blast: Nigerian government files 7-count charge against 7 suspects

The Federal Government on Friday filed a seven-count terrorism charges at the Federal High Court, Abuja, against seven people arrested in connection with the April 14, 2014 Nyanya bus station bomb blast.

The accused were arrested by security agents following investigations into the bombing which killed at least 75 persons and wounded many others.

The seven accused persons were: Aminu Ogwuche (alleged mastermind earlier arrested in Sudan and repatriated to Nigeria); Ahmad Abubakar; Mohammed Ishaq; Ya’uSaidu, Anas Isah, Adamu Yusuf and Nasiru Abubakar.

Count one read that the accused persons “conspired to commit an act of terrorism by driving a Volkswagen Golf car laden with improvised explosive devices and parking same at the motor park which was later detonated and killed about 75 innocent persons and wounded several others.”

According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act 2013, punishable under the same section.

Counts 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively, relate to their “committing terrorism act, professing to be members of Boko Haram, access to information about the group and failing to inform security agents about them.”

The four counts contravene Section 1 (2) (a), Section 16, Section 8 (a), (b) of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act 2013, punishable under the same sections, accordingly.

Count 6 specifically accuses Ogwuche of “knowingly and directly supporting and giving various sums of money at different times and places in Abuja to widows of Boko Haram members.”

Count 7 accuses Ogwuche also of “carrying out surveillance and identifying Silver Bird Galleria and other locations in Abuja as potential targets of terrorist attacks.”

The two counts contravene the provisions of Section 5(b) and Section 1 (2) (b) of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act 2013, punishable under the same sections, accordingly.

Earlier at Friday’s mentioning of the case, Mohammed Diri, the Director of Public Prosecution, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, said the prosecution was ready to proceed with the case.

Mr. Diri also made an oral application to strike out the name of the 8th accused person, now at large, from the charge sheet and correct the spelling of the second accused person’s name.

The trial judge, Ahmed Mohammed, in a brief ruling, granted the application and directed five of the accused who were not represented by counsel to get lawyers before their formal arraignment.

Ahmed Raji and Abdulhameed Mohammed were the only lawyers who represented the first and fifth accused respectively, while the other five accused persons had no legal representation.

The judge adjourned the case till February 20 to enable the accused persons without counsel to get counsel of their choice and come back for their arraignment.

(NAN)

 

 


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  • bib

    Jibo made some points about his observed trend. He seems to think that disaster looms ahead of the nation all due to the inertia of PMB government.
    In physics inertia means the property of a body that resists any change to its uniform motion. If this body is Nigeria which was constantly speeding to the abyss before PMB , can we say that such motion is still constant today? I doubt.
    PMB met a country that was moving to self destruction. The Boko Haram was rampaging the country for upward of six years. North east was near totally in their hands and north west was also highly threatened. Profligacy by the outgoing government was at its peak. Money was being spent as if their was no tomorrow and not on infrastructure but for personal growth of people in power and for them to perpetuate themselves in power. They were holding the country by its windpipe and stangulating it with fuel subsidy. And the electorate said enough was enough.
    Was the electorate right in their decision? I will say yes inspite of all the hiccups that can be attributed to 16 years of running the country down. A lot of bad habits have been formed. Both the rulers and the ruled believe that government is for politicians to rape the country and give pittance to its citizens has pimp money.
    PMB has tasked himself to change that. And since his advent, he is not doing badly even if there is room for improvement.
    He has almost successfully wrestled the country out of the Boko Haram grip.
    He is battling corruption with all the power and tactics he can master. Is it the TSA, the BVN, fight against budget padding or the fuel deregulation? These and many more have dealt earth shaking blows to the corrupt.
    It is not surprising that the corrupt came up fighting back.
    They replied with militancy in the Niger Delta which took back the PMB’S initial gains in rebuilding and growing the economy. Nigerians cannot forget that refineries started to work after So many years of idleness. Or that pipelines that have not been in use for decades sprung to life. How could they forget that gas flew to thermal power stations so much so that power generation peaked unprecedentedly to nearly 6000 megawatts in February 2016?
    Then bang came the militancy in the Niger Delta. The price oil fell to the bottom in the international market. The Niger Delta militants halved the oil export. And that was the last straw that broke the camel’s back and the economy sank to recession!
    This government cannot be thus blamed of inertia. Glory be God calm is also returning to Niger Delta again through the reaction of the government. And this is beginning to show in the power generation.
    Nobody can say PMB is not a politician nor say that he hates politicians. He is only showing our politicians that politics is not for personal aggrandizement or holding political offices. Politics is for uplifting the well being of the electorate by growing the economy. That is the way to remove money from politics. And he has the credentials to tutor the politicians. He is the only politician of this country in present time that the electorate was ready to genuinely finance his campaign!
    So since Jibo agrees that it’s time to pray, I pray that PMB should continue to connect with the electorate. He has already done so with the rural farmers and the grain merchants and exporters. Let him connect with other electorate by making power more available. Let the good work he has started with road construction continue and expand. Let the railway rehabilitation and construction move into top gear. Let the momentum gained in agriculture not wane. Let serious mining companies be licensed to mine other solid minerals. Let the Npower employees reach the 500, 000 employees. Etc.

    Lest I forget Jibo talked about estranging the shias. Suffice to say that the court that ruled that Elzakzaki be released erred. IMN does not recognize any constitutionally constituted authority in Nigeria. No government should allow that. This even counters the tenet of Islam they claim to profess. If Elzakzaki is released IMN will become more big headed. They will surely confront the state more flagrantly. So the government must use all the constitutionally available means to nip this problem in the bud.
    I pray that the government shall also connect with the singularly minded members of APC and the electorate shall elect it without money.
    Finally Jibo and I differ because Jibo is deep into social science and I am still at the surface of physical science. I am thus more optimistic.