Justice Ademola Adeniyi of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday fixed November 7, 2013 for judgement in the terrorism trial of alleged Boko Haram member, Kabiru Umar (alias Kabiru Sokoto).
Sokoto is being tried for masterminding the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, where over 40 persons lost their lives and several others injured.
The court fixed the case for judgement after parties adopted their written addresses yesterday.
Shortly before counsel in the matter began to argue their written briefs, counsel to the accused persons, Mr. Sheriff Okoh, told the court that there was threat to his life for defending the accused person. He said he had already taken some steps after he got to know about the threat but failed to disclose the step he had taken.
While arguing his brief of argument before the court, Okoh said that the charges against the accused person was not supported by any evidence.
He also questioned the credibility and authenticity of the statement tendered as evidence against accused person since the police failed to include in the statement that the aaccused person once escaped from lawful custody.
Okoh described the evidence of prosecution witnesses in the case as. mere hearsay which is not admissible in law.
“There is nothing before this court to show that the accused had the knowledge of the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla. All that is before this court is mere hearsay which is not admissible in law”, Okoh argued.
He urged the court to discharge and acquit the suspect on all the two counts brought against him by the federal government.
Counsel to the federal government, Chioma Onuegbu, in her submission told the court to discountenance the argument made by Okoh and hold that all the evidence given by the witnesses in the case are credible and admissible.
Meanwhile, the suspect (Sokoto) has dragged the federal government to court in a fresh suit, asking for the enforcemenr of the accused fundamental human rights.
In the motion for the enforcement of his fundamental rights, Kabiru Sokoto, through his counsel asked the court to restrain the State Security Service from intimidating and harassing him.
He asked the court for N300,000,000.00 as damages for the unlawful and unconstitutional intimidation, harassment, injuries, beating and torture he suffered while in detention.
In the affidavit in support of the motion for the enforcement of his rights deposed to by Okoh Osebor,the accused said he was tortured by the Operatives of the State Security Service while being interrogated.
He said he was beaten because they wanted to forcefully extract information from him.