In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 22nd, June, 2020

Choose’s Absence Stalls Kidnap Kingpin, Wadume’s Trial

Judge’s Absence Stalls Kidnap Kingpin, Wadume’s Trial



Absence of Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja stalled the scheduled graduation of the trial of an alleged Taraba State kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, also referred to as Wadume, on Monday.

Wadume and 6 different co-defendants have been produced in court docket for the botched proceedings.

The prosecution and defence groups have been additionally current in court docket.

However the 10 alleged killer troopers led by Captain Tijjani Balarabe initially charged as Wadume’s co-accomplices within the case have been absent.

They weren’t produced in court docket regardless of repeated calls on the Legal professional-Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), by activists, legal professionals, and members of the households of the victims killed by the troopers to arrest and prosecute the navy personnel.

Within the absence of Justice Nyako on Monday, all of the instances together with the Wadume case have been adjourned until respective dates.

Wadume’s case was adjourned until July 1.

The 10 troopers hooked up to the 93 Battalion in Takum, Taraba State, allegedly helped Wadume to flee from the policemen taking him to Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, after he was arrested in Ibi, part of the state, on August 6, 2019.

The troops led by Captain Tijjani Balarabe allegedly killed three policemen and two civilians, whereas 5 different law enforcement officials have been injured, in the course of the troopers’ assault.

These killed within the assault included Inspector Mark Ediale, 36, Sgt. Dahiru Musa, 40, Owolabi Babajide, 24, Farouk Bashir, 30, and Usman Danazumi, 44.

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The Inspector-Common of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in February this yr, slammed 16 counts bordering on terrorism, homicide, kidnapping and unlawful arms operating in opposition to Wadume, eight alleged civilian accomplices, two law enforcement officials and the 10 troopers who allegedly killed the policemen who took Wadume in custody.

Among the many 20 defendants charged by the IGP, the 10 troopers together with Captain Balarabe have been named because the 2nd to the 11th defendants.

However the AGF, on June eight, 2020, citing “paperwork” concerned in bringing the troopers to court docket, eliminated their names from the costs inside days of his taking up the case from the police.

The modification of the costs by the Legal professional-Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), noticed the names of alleged 10 confederate troopers struck off the costs.


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