FG Challenges Bail for Detained Miyetti Allah Leader Bodejo

The Federal Government has expressed its opposition to the bail plea submitted by the imprisoned leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Bodejo.

FG Challenges Bail for Detained Miyetti Allah Leader Bodejo

Currently under the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)’s detention, Bodejo faced charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja on March 22, accused of illegally founding an ethnic militia known as Kungiya Zaman Lafiya.

He faces three counts, brought by the Attorney General of the Federation’s office, alleging breaches of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022, for his role in creating and managing an ethnic militia group.

The government, in a rebuttal affidavit, argued against granting Bodejo’s request for bail, highlighting the serious nature of his alleged crimes, including establishing an ethnic militia in Nasarawa State and involvement in activities threatening national security.

Bodejo is accused of several offenses under the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022, including providing support and resources for activities undermining public safety.

Contradicting Bodejo’s claims of severe health issues unmanageable at the DIA Medical Centre, the prosecution insisted that nearby State House Medical Centre, equipped with top medical professionals, could address his needs should it be necessary. The document mentioned that Bodejo’s high blood pressure condition has been effectively controlled by the DIA facility.

The government’s response also highlighted the commitment of its detention centers to meet the medical needs of all detainees, promising specialized treatment when required.

Bodejo, in his bail application, argued that the charges against him were eligible for bail and maintained his innocence and lack of prior criminal history, asserting his condition of grave ill-health as a significant reason for bail consideration.

He cited his constitutional right to presumption of innocence and claimed the charges failed to present a strong case against him, pledging not to obstruct ongoing investigations and to comply with all court requirements.

During a recent court session, Bodejo’s defense, led by Sulaiman Usman, SAN, requested additional time to contest the prosecution’s affidavit, noting its recent receipt. Usman also advocated for the court to ensure Bodejo’s access to legal representation.

The prosecution’s lawyer, Mrs. Aderonke Imana, did not oppose the adjournment but disputed claims of Bodejo being denied lawyer access, noting compliance with court orders for Bodejo’s medical and legal access.

Justice Inyang Ekwo postponed the trial to May 27, allowing time for further preparation and responses.

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