Court remands self-confessed Boko Haram suspect in SSS custody

SSS Officials

The suspect was initially arrested for theft in Benue.

A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court, Wednesday, ordered a 24-year old man, Mohammed Isah, to be remanded in the custody of the State Security Service, SSS, following his alleged confession of being a member of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

The accused was originally arraigned at the court over a charge of theft.

During the trial, the accused confessed to being a member of the sect.

The Magistrate, Theresa Shija, said that the accused should be remanded pending the outcome of investigation.

“This order is made in the overall interest of justice to ensure that the accused does not commit any other offence, so that he is not used by anyone to commit any offence and does not escape from justice until the investigation is completed,” she said.

The prosecutor, Collins Terfa, also told the court that “Isah said he is a member of the Boko Haram sect. He said that he was in Benue for no specific reasons but on transit to Bayelsa state”.

Mr. Terfa alleged that one Emmanuel Uchenna of No. 1 Old Lafia Road, North Bank Makurdi, reported the matter.

The prosecutor said that the accused person, of Gwantu Shangan Local Government Area of Kaduna State, went to his shop and stole a carton of biscuit.

He said that the offence contravened the Penal Code.

Mr. Terfa further told the court that investigation into the matter was ongoing.

The accused, however, denied the allegation, saying that though he was hungry, he did not steal anything from the shop.

Ms. Shija adjourned the case to April 30 for hearing.

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