Saturday, 1 March 2014

Kogi Univerdity Lecturer Accused Of Terrorism To Know Fate March 7

Muhammad Nazeef Yunus


The ruling on the bail application by a Kogi State University lecturer, Muhammad Nazeef, who was accused of terrorism, was on Friday postponed to March 7.

Mr. Nazeef was arrested by the Department of State Security Service, SSS, over links with the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

He had applied for bail with the ruling initially scheduled to be delivered on Friday.

The ruling did not hold at the Federal High Court, Abuja as scheduled by the presiding judge, Gabriel Kolawale, because of a valedictory service.

A court clerk who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES at the court said Friday’s ruling was rescheduled for March 7 because most judges at the Federal High Court attended the valedictory service of retired judges.



Mr. Nazeef and two others, Salami Abdullahi and Umar Musa, are being prosecuted by the SSS on terrorism charges.
After a hearing on the bail applications by the three accused persons on February 10, Mr. Kolawole had adjourned ruling on the bail application till February 28.

He also ordered that the accused persons be held at the Kuje prison, Abuja.

The counsel to the accused persons had prayed the court to use its discretion to grant bail since there were no evidences that the applicants would abate justice, interfere with investigations, or jump bail.

Mr. Nazeef, a lecturer in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Kogi State University, was on November 20, 2013 paraded alongside four others by the SSS, at its headquarters in Abuja.

On the day of the parade, the university lecturer denied being a member of the Boko Haram. He said he believed he was being set up by Boko Haram following his consistent preaching against the sect’s activities.

His daughter, Summayya Muhammad, also stated later that her father had always condemned the Boko Haram’s activities and that tapes of his messages could prove that.


Source: Premium Times
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