TARABA NEWS TODAY
The Attorney General of the federation has allegedly withdraw the names of 10 soldiers involved in the killing of three Policemen from the court.
Recalled that last week it was announced that the Office of the Attorney General of the federation has taken over the court case from the Inspector General of Police.
The amendment to the charges announced at the Federal High Court in Abuja by the new prosecuting counsel, Mr Shuaibu Labaran, on Monday, came days after the AGF took over the case from the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, on June 3, 2020.
This development saw the number of defendants drop from 20 to seven and the number of counts reduced from 16 to 13.
The Armies, whose names were removed from the initial charges include: Captain Tijjani Balarabe; Staff Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Corporal Bartholomew Obanye; Private Mohammed Nura; Lance Corporal Okorozie Gideon; Corporal Markus Michael; L/Corporal Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra; Staff Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, and Private Ebele Emmanuel.
Policemen whose name were truncated from the charges from the charges include ASP Aondona Iorbee, and one Ahmad Suleiman (aka Dan Ball).
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun-Olu AdegboruwaWhile reacting to the removal of the soldiers’ names from the charge case said except there was plan by the military to try them separately before a court martial, there was no justification for the removal of their names.
The SAN, further expressed optimism that the government should be given benefit of the doubt, as there might be a move to court-martial the soldiers involved in the case.
The SAN, however, said government should be given benefit of the doubt, as there might be a move to court-martial the soldiers.
The Executive Secretary of YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo, said the AGF owed the public an explanation over the development, saying it cast doubt on the commitment of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to institutionalising the fight against criminality.
He said, “This action casts doubt on the commitment of this administration to institutional accountability and the fight against criminality.
Taraba News Today