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Boko Haram: Witnesses identify 3 suspects

Maiduguri  — Three policemen yesterday at a Maiduguri High Court identified three suspects as members of the Boko Haram sect.

The three police men, who were testifying at the court presided over by Justice Yerima Sanya,  said the suspects were arrested after the sectarian violence.

Emmanuel Johnson, a constable, said Hashimu Idris, an indigene of Argunun Local Government of  Kebbi State, was arrested at Ngala border town while attempting to flee to Cameroon.

He said items recovered from the suspect  included a bag containing the  Qur’an as well as  audio and visual CD players. Johnson said when the CDs were played, it was found to contain various statements condemning western education.

He also told the court that one of the suspects, Abubakar Mohammed, was apprehended on Ngala’s  main street  based on intelligence report that he was a member of the sect.

The policeman said after completing extensive investigation, the suspects were handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department(CID).

Also testifying, ASP Anthony Melgwe, said another suspect, Mohammed Yusuf,  was arrested with gun shot injuries at Jere.

He said the suspect confessed to have sustained the injuries from gun shots during the Boko Haram crisis.
Melgwe also stated that after thorough investigation, Yusuf was subsequently moved to the CID.

Corroborating Melgwe’s testimony, Makudi Akona, a sergeant, said Yusuf was arrested with gunshot injuries,  adding that he was handed over to the CID.

But counsel to the accused persons, Baba Waziri, observed that the submissions of  the witnesses were baseless as the suspects were not arrested at the scene of the mayhem.

He added that nothing incriminating was found in their possession.
The prosecuting counsel, Richard Balami, however, stated that the crisis did not only take place in Maiduguri, but in other areas where the suspects were arrested.

Balami asked the court for more time to enable him produce more witnesses.
In his ruling, Sanya granted the prayer of  Balami and adjourned the case to June 17 and June 18 for further  hearing.


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