The prosecution closed its case after its sixth witness testified on Tuesday.
Alleged Taraba kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala (aka Wadume) and his co-defendants will, on Might 8, open their defence within the terrorism fees most well-liked in opposition to them on the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja.
The Federal Authorities arraigned Wadume and his co-defendants on June 8, 2020 on amended 13 counts of terrorism, kidnapping and different associated offences.
The others are, Aliyu Dadje (a police Inspector), Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu) Bashir Waziri (aka Baba Runs), Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) and Rayyanu Abdul.
Final prosecution witness closes testimony
On the resumed listening to of the case on Tuesday, the prosecution, led by Shuiabu Labaran, referred to as its sixth and closing witness, Ben Anthony, a police investigator.
Mr Anthony , who was led in proof by Yetunde Cole, a lawyer within the prosecution group, advised the courtroom that he was a part of a group that recovered 4 AK-47 rifles from Wadume’s brother Uba Bala at Ibi in Taraba.
He mentioned, “Whereas at Ibi (Taraba State) we obtained info that Wadume referred to as his brother Uba and requested him to take away the weapons from the place he saved them.
“We left Ibi for Uba’s home and instantly he sighted us on the entrance of his home, he tried to run however we adopted him and arrested him.
“We then requested him the place the weapons have been and he took us to an uncompleted constructing and confirmed us the place he saved the weapons.
“He gave us a hoe and cutlass to dig the place and I dug it myself and introduced out a sack that contained 4 AK-47 rifles,” Mr Anthony advised the courtroom.
Below cross examination, Mr Anthony mentioned the weapons have been launched by the courtroom to the police for protected maintaining.
He additionally advised the courtroom that he didn’t have proof of the decision Wadume made to his brother, Uba, asking him to take away the weapons from the place he saved them.
At this level, Mr Labaran knowledgeable the courtroom that the prosecution had closed its case as Mr Anthony was its final witness.
Counsel for Wadume, Dikko Ishaku, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, together with different defence attorneys, requested for a date to open their shoppers’ defence.
Y. Dangana, counsel for the third defendant, nevertheless, advised the courtroom that his consumer wouldn’t be opening his defence however would slightly file a no-case submission.
The trial choose, Binta Nyako, advised all defendants who supposed to file no case submission to take action inside 21 days.
Ms Nyako adjourned the matter until Might 18 for defendants to open their defence or file no-case submission.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) remembers that the Inspector-Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had initially filed 16 counts of terrorism, homicide, kidnapping and unlawful arms operating in opposition to Wadume and the others.
They have been accused of conspiring to commit felony, to wit: acts of terrorism, by attacking and kidnapping one Usman Garba, aka Mayo, at his filling station in Takum, thereby committing an offence opposite to Part 17 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Modification Act 2013.”
They have been additionally accused of possessing six AK-47 rifles and dealing in prohibited firearms opposite to Part 27 (1)(a)(I) and (1)(b)(iii) of the Firearms Act 2004.
Some troopers led by Tijjani Balarabe, a captain, have been additionally named within the fees filed by the police.
However the Lawyer-Normal of the Federation, (AGF) Abubakar Malami, on taking up the case from the police on June 3, eliminated the troopers’ names from the costs.
Wadume was first arrested in Ibi, Taraba State, by members of the Intelligence Response Group (IRT) of the IGP workplace on August 6, 2019 however was mentioned to have been free of police custody by the Balarabe-led troops.
Law enforcement officials who appeared as witnesses within the case mentioned the troops connected to the 93 Battalion in Takum, Taraba State, shot on the policemen conveying the prime suspect to Abuja shortly after he was arrested in Ibi, Taraba State on August 6, 2019.
The police mentioned three of its males and two civilians have been killed whereas 5 others have been wounded within the assault by the troopers.