Church bombing: Release me from detention, Kabiru Sokoto begs court

Alleged mastermind of the Christmas
Day bomb blast that killed about 44 persons and
wounded 75 others at St. Theresa’s Catholic
Church at Madalla, Niger State, in 2011, Kabiru
Umar, a.k.a Kabiru Sokoto, Thursrday, begged a
Federal High Court in Abuja to release him on
bail pending the determination of the charge
against him.
Sokoto made the plea on a day he accused
authorities of the Kuje Prison where he was
remanded on April 19, by Justice Adeniyi
Ademola, of denying him access to his lawyer.
The accused person, who is answering to a two-
count terrorism charge that was preferred
against him by the Federal Government, told the
court that he was kept incommunicado at the
prison, a situation, he said, has hampered his
ability to package his defence.
Consequently, Justice Ademola, yesterday,
ordered his immediate transfer to the custody of
the Department of State Security, DSS, pending
hearing on his bail application which was fixed
for May 6.
It will be recalled that though the alleged kingpin
of the Boko Haram Islamic sect was initially
docked before the high court on May 20, he
could not take his plea on that day owing to his
inability to secure a lawyer to stand in his
defence.
However, on April 19, he pleaded not guilty to
the charge, even as the lawyer he eventually
contracted, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim, urged the court
to grant him bail, a request that was refused by
the trial judge who ordered him to file a formal
application.

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