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Court Declines Secret Trial of Boko Haram Leader



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The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, refused to

okay secret trial of Dr. Mohammed Nazeef Yunus, a lecturer at the Kogi

State University accused of being the spiritual leader of a Boko Haram

cell situated at Igala land in Kogi State.


In a ruling yesterday, trial Justice Gabriel Kolawole, said it would

not be in the interest of justice to bar members of the public from

witnessing the trial of the accused person, though he gave FG the nod

to mask its witnesses with a view to protecting their identity.


Meanwhile, the court yesterday fixed accelerated hearing on the charge

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against the accused lecturer to May 6 and 7.


Yunus is facing trial alongside two other alleged members of the Boko

Haram sect, Alhaji Salami Abdullahi and Umar Musa.


The accused persons who were formally in the custody of the

Directorate of State Service, DSS, since October 30, 2013, were on

February 3, transferred to Kuje Prison, Abuja, on the order of the

trial high court.


Government had alleged in an eight court charge before the court that

the trio, within the months of May and October, 2013, at Ayangba in

Kogi state, engaged in an act in furtherance of acts of terrorism by

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not only acquiring weapons, but also recruiting new members for the

Boko Haram Islamic sect.


According to the charge, some of the weapons recovered from the

accused persons included 2 AK-47 Rifles, 2 Magazines and 60 rounds of

live ammunition.


By belonging and supporting the illegal activities of a proscribed

organization, the government, said the action of the accused persons

ran contrary to sections 4, 10, 12, 16(1) (4), 17 and 18 of the

Terrorism Prevention Act, 2013, as amended.


The accused persons had since pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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