Miyetti Allah president seeks bail, denies terrorism allegation

Bello Bodejo, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore’s president, denies federal terrorist charges.

The Federal High Court in Abuja is prosecuting Bodejo, who denies founding Kungiya Zaman Lafiya, an ethnic militia organization.

The Miyetti Allah leader’s brother, Mohammed Musa, said this in an affidavit supporting his bail plea on March 28, 2024.

Musa stated Bodejo only had a vigilante business that provided security and fostered peace.

He said, “The defendant/applicant neither established nor has any involvement with the Kungiya Zaman Lafiya ethnic militia group, as alleged in the charge preferred against him on the 12th March 2024.

“The defendant/applicant only established a vigilante company, which was duly registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 as Nomad Vigilante Nigeria Limited as opposed to an ethnic militia known as Kungiya Zaman Lafiya, as alleged by the complainant in the charge preferred against the defendant/applicant.

“The aim of establishing the vigilante company is to render security services to the members of society and promote peace but not to commit any act of terrorism whatsoever.”

The Federal Government asked the court to deny Bodejo’s bail application in a counter-affidavit dated April 2 and testified to by a litigation clerk in the Department of Public Prosecutions, Federal Ministry of Justice, Noma Ganau Wando.

Wando denied Bodejo’s assertion that he had a life-threatening condition.

Wando indicated the defendant would not appear at trial if given bail.

He said, “All the facts deposed to by the deponent about ill health and heart failure, among others in the affidavit brought before this honourable court, have not been proven to be cogent, credible, material or genuine to support his application to enable the court to exercise its discretion in his favour.

“The defendant/applicant will not show up for his trial if granted bail due to the gravity of the alleged offences and the severity of punishment prescribed by law.”

In his bail application hearing on Wednesday, Dr. Sulaiman Usman (SAN) requested an extension because the Federal Government’s counter-affidavit presented new problems he needed to address.

Prosecution counsel Y. A. Imana did not oppose Usman’s delay request.

Usman requested via oral application that the Defence Intelligence Agency allow Bodejo to see his counsel.

He informed the court that his client required access to his counsel as well as appropriate time to prepare for his trial.

Usman said, “We urge Your Lordship to order the DIA to grant the defendant access to his lawyers. He needs to be prepared for the trial.”

But the prosecutor, in response, maintained that Bodejo had not been denied access to his lawyers.

She said, “I don’t agree with him. After the last time that court ordered that he should be given medical attention and lawyers, we wrote them and the feedback we got was that the counsel had visited him.”

In his response, Justice Ekwo said, “Report to the court at any time you are denied access to him.”

Bodejo was arrested on January 23 at the Miyetti Allah office in the Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State for allegedly unveiling a militia group.

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