Court intimidates To Grant Kogi State University Lecturer, Others Bail

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday threatened to grant bail to three suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect due to lack of diligent prosecution by the federal government.

The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole handed down the warning yesterday when the Chief State Prosecution Counsel, Mrs. Jones Nebo filed an application for an adjournment to enable her apply for a modification of the partial secret trial of the suspects as well as respond to the counter affidavit filed by the accused persons’ counsels.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, counsel to the 1st accused person, Mr. Hassan Liman (SAN) drew the court’s attention to the deliberate attempts being made by the prosecution counsel to frustrate accelerated hearing of the trial.

He said: “A further application for adjournment today will further delay the accelerated hearing. It is obvious that the prosecution is not interested in pushing this case forward”.

Mr. Liman urged the court to bend backwards and review its earlier order of March 7, 2014, which the court refused the accused persons bail, and admit the 1st accused person to bail on the condition that the accused persons would present themselves in court for trial.

“We urged the court to refuse the prosecution’s application for adjournment and review the bail application of the accused persons pending when the prosecution is ready to continue with the matter.

Responding to the application, counsels to the 2nd and 3rd accused persons, Chief James Ocholi (SAN) and Abdul Mohammed respectively adopted all the submissions made by Mr. Liman (SAN).

Chief Ocholi said: “I urge the court to hold that the excuse by the prosecution is most untenable. I want to adopt in totality the submissions made by the 1st accused person’s counsel”.

Jones-Nebo disabused the impression made by the accused persons’ counsels on lack of diligent handling of the matter.

Ruling on the various arguments, Justice Kolawole said acceding to the defense counsels’ request would be unjudicial owing to the reason advanced by the prosecution.

He however ordered Mrs. Jones Nebo to file all the necessary processes within seven days, failure which would attract severe action from the court.

The three accused persons; Dr. Mohammed Yunus, Musa Umar and Salami Abdullahi, were arraigned on an eight count charge of terrorism.

The matter was adjourned to May 14 for argument on the motion on notice, while June 9, 10, 24,25 and 26 are for accelerated hearing and trial to commence at 11:30 am daily.

Justice Kolawole remanded the accused persons in prison custody and to be produced in court at the adjourned date.

ASUP Strike: Please Sttle ASUP and COEASU Issues — ASUU Urges FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has voiced their opinion to the current strike facing the Academic staff Union of Polytechnics and College of education Academic Staff Union (COEASU).

The Union through her president, pressed on the Federal Government to urgently resolve the contending issues that made lecturers of Polytechnics and colleges of education embark on strike.

According to the ASUU President, Dr Nasir Fagge, who made the call on Monday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the state of the Nation.

Just in case you don’t know, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have been on strike for the past ten months now, while Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, members have been on strike for the past 5 months.

We would also love you to note that members of the two unions demanded that the Federal Government should remove the dichotomy between HND and degree graduates.

Latest update reaching us after both union decided to join hands together and protest, the policemen, was said to have used tear gas to disperse the strikers.

However, Dr Nasir Fagge condemned the method used by policemen to disperse a peaceful protests embarked upon by ASUP and COEASU members last week in Abuja.

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