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Terrorism charge: Court discharges Miyetti Allah president



A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday discharged the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Kore, Bello Bodejo. 

He was accused terrorism, a charge filed against him by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The Miyetti Allah leader, who was arrested on January 23 in Malia, Nasarawa State, and kept in the custody of the Defence Intelligence Agency, was arraigned on March 22 in a charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/141/2024.

Although he was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on terrorism, he pleaded not guilty, and the court ordered his remand in the DIA’s facility pending the hearing and determination of the case.



Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a short ruling, discharged Bodejo after counsel for the AGF, Aderonke Imana, moved an oral application for the withdrawal of the three-count charge.

Upon resuming the hearing, Imana informed the court that she had an oral application.

The lawyer said the application was according to Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

She said the request was further predicated on the power of the AGF under Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“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,” she said.

Bodejo’s team of lawyers, including Johnson Usman, SAN, but led by Ahmed Raji, SAN, did not oppose the application.

The senior lawyer thanked the AGF, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, for his “magnanimous gesture.”

“We urge your lordship to discharge the accused person under the sections referred to by the prosecutor,” Raji said.

Ruling, Justice Ekwo said though the matter was slated for commencement of trial, however, the prosecution applied to withdraw the charge citing relevant sections of the law.

“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,” the judge declared.

Bodejo was arrested on the allegations of raising an armed militia to the detriment of the nation’s unity.


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