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Miyetti Allah Members Protest In Abuja, Demand President’s Release

todayMarch 13, 2024 17

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Members of the ‘Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore’, on Wednesday, staged a protest at the Federal High Court, Abuja, to demand release of their detained president, Bello Bodejo.

Bodejo arrested on January 23 at Miyetti Allah’s office in karu local government Area of Nasarawa State over illegal unveiling of a vigilante group had been held in the custody of the defence intelligence agency since then.

The protesters, who carried a big banner with the inscription “Free Bello Bodejo,” gathered at the entrance gate of the high court to press home their demands.

Other members of the group also carried placards that read: “DIA, Free Bodejo Now,” “Release Bodejo.”

Comrade Kabir Matazu, who spoke on behalf of the group, said his arrest and detention was unlawful.

According to him, in a democratic society, rule of law is the building block.

“You cannot arbitrarily arrest an individual without a proper charge and arraigning him in court”.

“That is why we have gathered our members across the country to come here to agitate and also make our voices heard”.

“We call on the Nigerian security agencies to, without further delay, free and release unconditionally, Bello Bodejo, the president of Miyetti Allah,” he said.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court had, on March 5, fixed today for the hearing of Bodejo’s motion on notice, seeking his unconditional release from the Defence Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) custody.

Justice Ekwo had, on Feb. 22, gave the Federal Government seven days to file a charge against the detained Bodejo.

The judge gave the order following the expiration of the earlier order, which granted the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to remand Bodejo for 15 days in the custody of DIA pending the conclusion of his investigatation.

A motion ex-parte marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/141/2024, sought an order to remand Bodejo, the sole respondent, in NIA custody pending conclusion of investigation and arraignment in court.

The Court after entertaining arguments from lead counsels however fixed march 22 for Miyetti Allah’s president Bello Badejo’s further proceedings on bail plea.

Garry Ochigbo, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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