Miyetti Allah Leader Remanded in Custody Over Alleged Terrorism Charges

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group leader, Bello Bodejo, in the custody of the Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) following his arraignment on terrorism charges.

Bodejo was arrested on January 23 for his alleged involvement in setting up a vigilante group without authorization. The Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, filed a motion seeking Bodejo’s remand pending the conclusion of the investigation.

The Federal Government preferred three counts of terrorism against Bodejo, accusing him of activities prejudicial to national security and providing material assistance to a group of 1,000 men.

During the arraignment, Bodejo pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecution indicated readiness for trial, presenting two witnesses for the case.

However, the defence counsel challenged the competence of the charges, alleging that amendments were made without court approval.

In ruling on the bail application, Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered Bodejo’s continued remand in DIA custody. He also instructed the DIA to ensure Bodejo receives necessary medical attention and allowed ten members of his family to attend court proceedings.

The trial is set to commence on May 27, as directed by Justice Ekwo.

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