By TAYE OBATERU, JOS
The second witness in the trial of Brigadier General Muraina Raji who is facing a court martial over the escape of two Boko Haram suspects detained in a military facility at the 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi has said the Wetland Detention facility was secure enough if there was no compromise by the guards.
Testifying at yesterday’s sitting, an intelligence officer at the brigade, Captain Mohammed Nura, who confirmed that Raji was not around when the suspects escaped, said suspects had been kept in the facility in the past without any such incident.
He said while being cross examined by the lead defence counsel, Mr. Femi Falana, that the escape of the suspects was avoidable if the guards had kept to instructions, adding, “I think the measures put in place were enough to have prevented the unfortunate incident; however, if the guard soldiers decided to compromise, there is nothing we can do.”
Nura said arrangements were being made to procure leg chains for the suspects and that local welders had been contacted to make the chains which were not available at the facility.
Led in evidence by head of the military prosecution, Lt. Col. A.A. Ariyibi, he said the detention facility was well fortified and some Boko Haram suspects had earlier been detained there successfully until they were handed over to the military police.
He added that he (Nura) was the one who reported the escape of the two detainees to the Garrison Commander because Raji was not around at the time of their escape.