Kogi Varsity Lecturer To Appear In Court On Feb 3 Over Boko Haram Membership

Dr. Muhammed Nazeef Yunus
Dr. Muhammed Nazeef Yunus

An Abuja Federal High Court has fixed February 3 for the arraignment of three suspected members of the Kogi State Boko Haram cell, including Dr. Nazeef Yunus, an Assistant Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Kogi State University.

Also to be arraigned alongside Yunus are Umar Musa and Salami Abdullahi.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole fixed the date after it emerged that the charges filed against the accused persons by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation had not been served on them.

The judge ordered that the charges must be served on the suspects before February 3.
The suspects will remain in the custody of the SSS until the arraignment.

The lecturer, Yunus, who was alleged to be the spiritual leader and coordinator of the Boko Haram sect in Kogi State, and the two others have been in the custody of the SSS since their arrest in October 2013.

The SSS had accused the suspects of planning to carry out an attack on parts of Kogi State before they were arrested at a mosque in Zuba, a town near Abuja, while on their way to Zambisa in Maiduguri, Borno State, for training.

Three other suspected members of the Kogi State Boko Haram cell – Mustapha Yusuf, Ismaila Abdulazeez, and Ibrahim Isa Hayafu – were freed by the court since no charge was brought against them.

Also yesterday, the court adjourned to February 7 to rule on an application filed by one of the suspects, Salami Abdullahi, to enforce his fundamental rights.

In the application, Abdullahi accused the SSS of illegal detention, and urged the court to intervene by setting him free.

But the SSS has opposed the application, arguing that a magistrates’ court in Lokoja, Kogi State, empowered it to detain the suspects.

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