A Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court on Friday remanded in prison custody two alleged Boko Haram computer specialists, Abdullahi Habib Audu, Bashiru Yahaya and their medecine man, Ahmed Momoh for belonging to the terrorists group.
The Chief Magistrate, Levi Animoku who issued the remand order in his ruling on arraignment of the accused in Lokoja described the allegations against the accused as dreadful.
Animoku said activities of members of the terrorists’ group had terminated many lives in the country, adding that the crimes allegedly committed by the accused 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 offence.
”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 members of the outlaw terrorists’ group (Boko Haram) were arrested in June, this year following intelligence report.
He said that the accused were arrested by Joint team of operatives of he NHHSS and STATT and troops of the Nigeria Army and Directorate of State Security (DSS).
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 terrorists group’s computers and other electronic components used for their nefarious activities.
The third accused, Ahmed Momoh according to him, prepared ”Medecine/Ruqya” for members of the group and their families before and during operations.
Abaji therefore prayed the court to take cognizance of the offences 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.