By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”The Federal Government yesterday charged another batch of 104 persons suspected to have participated in the orgy of violence that engulfed Jos, the Plateau State capital, last month, before a Federal high court sitting in Abuja. All the accused persons are facing multiple charge of terrorism.
About 24 of the 104 accused persons who appeared in court yesterday challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal high court, Abuja to try them
Earlier, a total 109 persons arrested by the police at the locus in quo (the scene of the crime) were also charged to court few days ago by the Federal Government over the same matter.
Yesterdayâ€™s arraignment of the suspected arsonists brought to 213 persons that had been dragged before the court for trial.
Of the 109 accused persons facing charge before the court, a total 106 were arraigned, at the last adjourned date.
The court also deferred the arraignment of two others who challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal high court to try them, the ingredients of the offences allegedly committed by them, having occurred in Jos while the remaining one, Daniel Garba, could not be brought to court alive.
The arraignment of the accused persons before Abuja Federal high court indicated that the Federal Government had taken over the prosecution of the accused persons.