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BREAKING: FG withdraws terrorism charges against Miyetti Allah leader

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In what appears to be a reconciliatory move, the federal government on Wednesday informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that it will no longer pursue the terrorist allegation against Alhaji Bello Bodejo, President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Kore.

The prosecuting counsel, Mrs. Aderonke Imana said this at the resumed hearing of the case.

In an oral application, Mrs. Imana stated that she was applying under Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

She said the request was further anchored on the power of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) under Section 174 of the Constitution.

Imana said, “Consequently, the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation has instructed me to withdraw this charge against the defendant in the interest of justice.

“That is our humble application my lord.

Meanwhile, the defence lawyer, Ahmed Raji, SAN, did not oppose the prosecution’s application.

Raji thanked the AGF for his “magnanimous gesture,” adding, “We urge your lordship to discharge the accused person under the sections refers to by the prosecutor.”

While ruling, Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the discharge of Bodejo.

Justice Ekwo ruled, “The court is hereby moved to consider the application for the discharge of the defendant.

“Consequently, an order is hereby made discharging the defendant. That is the order of this court.”

 

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