Judge orders arrest of 12 other suspects involved in killing of Lambata Village head
Justice Aisha Wodu Bawa, of High Court Number Three Suleja, has ordered the Area Commander Suleja, ACP Sani Musa, to effect the arrest of 12 suspected killers of the village head of Lambata, Alhaji Muhammad Abdulsafur.
The 12 suspects were said to have fully participated in the killing of the late traditional ruler, sometimes in January 2023, and since then they have been on the run, and the police could not effect their arrest.
The prosecuting counsel, Halilu Umar, a Chief State Counsel in the State Ministry of Justice, told Justice Aisha Bawa Wodu that five other suspects who participated in the killing of the monarch were still going about freely in Lambata without police arresting them for prosecution under Section 221 of the penal code.
Those on the run, according to the prosecuting counsel, were Dauda Umar Sarki, Hamza Umar Sarki, Yusuf Chaska, Zubairu Dambaka, Abdulkareem Dantani, and Yusuf Sarki.
Others included Ibrahim Umar, Zakari Mohammed, Mohammed Ma'aji, Kabir Mohammed, Isyaku Adamu, and Ibrahim Umar.
He asked the court to order the police area commander of Suleja, ACP Sani Musa, to go after them and ensure that they were arrested and brought to court for prosecution, insisting that they were the principal suspects in the killing of the village head of Lambata.
While ruling on the application moved by the prosecuting counsel, Justice Aisha Bawa Wodu asked the registrar to immediately write to the area commander of Suleja, directing him to arrest the fleeing suspects and arraign them on the next adjourned date.
She, however, granted bail to the 13 others already standing trial before the court in the sum of one million naira, and each of them will bring a surety who must be a civil servant of level 12, and the surety must deposit his first appointment letter and letter of last promotion with the court registrar.
Equally, she agreed that the sureties must reside within the court's jurisdiction with very valid residential documents and a recent passport to be deposited in the court registry.
She further ordered them to be remanded in Suleja Correctional Custody until they perfected their bail conditions.
According to Justice Bawa Wodu, those granted bail were those standing trial on five counts of mischief, causing grievous hurt, and disturbance of public peace, while those charged with culpable homicide punishable under Section 221 of the penal code would remain in correctional custody.
She then adjourned the case to January 4, 2024 for the commencement of a full trial of the case.