FG re-arraigns El-Zakzaky’s chief security officer and two others

FG re-arraigns El-Zakzaky’s chief security officer and two others

It was gathered that the Federal Government on Monday re-arraigned Haruna Abbas, the Chief Security Officer to the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky, and two others before Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The Federal Government had arraigned Abbas, Ibrahim Musa and Adam Suleiman before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The defendants were arraigned on an amended eight-count criminal charge for allegedly supporting terrorism between 2009 and 2013 by sending people for terrorist training in Iran.

The offence contravened the provisions of Section 4 of the Terrorist Prevention Act 2013.

At the commencement of hearing, the prosecuting counsel, Chike Nnenna, informed the court that the matter was starting afresh as the charge was dated November 5, 2014.

She urged the court to accept the charge and allow same be read to the defendants to enable them take their plea.

When the charge was read, the defendants pleaded not guilty.

The prosecuting counsel made an oral application that Ibrahim Musa, the second defendant, who is still in the custody of the Department of State Services be remanded in prison.

Counsel to Abbas, Aliyu Musa, informed the court that he wished to make an oral application on the health condition of the defendant.

Justice Chikere, however, refused the oral application made by Musa and told him to file a motion which will be heard on the next adjourned date.

The judge adjourned the case till May 11 for hearing of the motion and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.

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