A Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court on Friday remanded in prison custody two alleged Boko Haram computer specialists, and a herbalist.
The trio, Abdullahi Habib Audu, Bashiru Yahaya and their medicine man, Ahmed Momoh were arraigned for belonging to the terrorist group.
The Chief Magistrate, Levi Animoku who issued the remand order in his ruling on the arraignment of the accused in Lokoja described the allegations against the accused as dreadful.
Animoku said the activities of members of the group had terminated many lives in the country, adding that the crimes alleged were heinous in nature and carried high penalties.
“Notwithstanding that bail is a constitutional right guaranteed the accused persons. The presumption of innocence is not absolute. Bail is not granted as a matter of course in this kind of offense.
“So, bail is refused. The accused persons shall be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe, Kogi State. The case is adjourned 28th September for mention”, he ordered.
Earlier in his submission, the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abaji Esq. of the state Ministry of Justice told the court that the accused and others now at large who were Boko Haram members were arrested in June 2017 following intelligence report.
He said that the accused were arrested by Joint team of operatives of the NHHSS and STATT and troops of the Nigeria Army and Directorate of State Security.
Abaji stated that investigation and analysis of their telephone numbers revealed that they were not only members of the dreaded group but carried out repairs of the terrorist group’s computers and other electronic components used for their nefarious activities.
The third accused, Ahmed Momoh according to him, prepared “Medicine/Ruqya” for members of the group and their families before and during operations.
Abaji therefore prayed the court to take cognizance of the offenses of Criminal Conspiracy, contrary to section 97(1) of the Penal Code Law and Belonging to Terrorists’ Group contrary to section 4 and 5 of Terrorism (Prevention)(Amendment) Act, 2013.
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