Police arraign 10 ‘killers’ of travellers in Jos

The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

The Police Command in Plateau State has arraigned 10 people alleged to have attacked and killed Fulani travellers along Gada-biyu-Rukuba road of Jos North LGA before the Plateau State High Court on Monday.

At least, 27 travellers were killed on August 14, this year, on their way back to Ondo state after attending a religious event in Bauchi State.

The Nigeria Police through its prosecution counsel, Mrs Muleng Alex, of the Plateau State Police Command, said the accused: Mr Mathew Daniel, Juarbe Zamani, Dapar Sunday, Bernard Francis, Daniel Bulus, Solomon Dung, Yakubu John, Stephen Ishaku, Yohanna Marshal, and Dakwak Sunday, were alleged to have attacked and killed the commuters, who were on their way to Ondo State, with dangerous weapons, including knives and daggers.

She told the court that the offence was punishable with death as contained in sections 188 and 189 of penal code law of culpable homicide.

The police prosecutor further told the court that one Solomon Dung is a 17-year old, who is still a minor and should be remanded in children’s custody at the correctional centre.

The prosecutor said the suspects had taken part in the attacks that led to the death of Sule Alhaji Bechi, Mallam Ahmadu, Sidda Abubakar, Abdulkarim Mumini, Suleiman Hassan, Salisu Haliu, Mohammed Nura, Bello Ori, Abdulkarim Sanusi, Yakubu Mallam Bello, and 16 others during the attack.

All the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges read against them.

The defence counsel, Barr. Yakubu Bawa, urged the court to remand only nine of the accused into Jos correctional centre, while Solomon Dung being 17-year old, be kept at the young people’s home.

The presiding judge, Justice Arum Ashom, granted the prayer and adjourned the matter to October 13, 2021, for hearing.

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