By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, fixed February 20 to take fresh plea of Aminu Ogwuche, the alleged mastermind of the April 14, bomb blast that killed
Justice Ahmed Mohammed slated the date following a fresh seven-count terrorism charge that was entered against Ogwuche and six others by the Federal Government.
The other accused persons who were all alleged to belong to a terrorist group known as Jama’atu Ahli Sunnah Lil Da’awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram, are Ahmad Rufai Abubakar (a.k.a Abu Ibrahim/Maiturare), Mohammed Sani Ishaq, Ya’u Saidu (a.k.a Kofar Rama), Anas Isah, Adamu Yusuf and Nasiru Abubakar.
The Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mr. Mohammad Diri, informed the court yesterday that security agencies have been unable to apprehend one Ahmed Rufai (a.k.a Dr Tsiga), who he said was also involved in the terrorist act, but currently at large.
Meanwhile, though all the accused persons were brought before the High Court yesterday, their trial could not commence owing to the inability of some of them to get lawyers to represent them.
Apart from Ogwuche who was represented by Mr. Raji Ahmed, SAN, and the 5th accused person, Anas Isah who brought his lawyer Mr. Abdullahid Mohammed, the others told the trial court that they were still making effort to get legal representations.