The Department of State Services (DSS), Wednesday, in Abuja re-arraigned Husseni Ismaila (aka Maitangaran), the alleged mastermind of the 2014 multiple bomb attacks in Kano, at the Federal High Court.
When the matter was called, the prosecuting counsel, Mr E.A. Aduda, told the court that the DSS had filed an amended charge of four counts against the defendant and prayed the court to read the charge to the defendant to take his plea.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all four counts, which read in part:
“That you, Husseni Ismaila, alias Maitangaran, a 34-year-old male, professed to be a member of Boko Haram, a terrorist group, therefore contravening provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013, and punishable under the same act.
“That you, Husseni Ismaila, alias Maitangaran, a 34-year-old male in 2014, directly participated in an act of terrorism and made a video message confessing to the crime of bombing the Kano Central Mosque.
“This led to the deaths of many Nigerians, including police personnel. The act contravened Section 1(2) (8) of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2013, and is punishable under the same act.”
The prosecuting counsel prayed the court to proceed with the trial given the not-guilty plea of the defendant.
The defence counsel, Mr Peter Dajang, however, told the court that the trial should not go on because the prosecution had flaunted a valid order of the court.
According to Dajang, the court on December 6, 2021, ordered the prosecution to transfer the defendant from its custody to the Kuje Correctional Centre.
This, he said, was to enable his lawyers and family members have access to him, but the DSS was yet to obey the order as the defendant was still in its custody.
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