Mastermind Of April 14, 2014 Nyanya Explosion, Aminu Ogwuche Gains Freedom

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday struck out the terrorism charges instituted against Aminu Ogwuche, the alleged mastermind of the April 14 blast, which killed over 75 persons in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja.

Suspected mastermind of the April 14, 2014 Nyanya explosion, Aminu Ogwuche (middle)

Justice Adeniyi Ademola struck out the charges filed by the Inspector General of Police on the grounds of want of diligent prosecution.

The case had suffered many adjournments due to failure of the police to produce the accused, who had been in the custody of the Department of State Services since he was repatriated from Sudan to Nigeria.

The police and the DSS, through their respective lawyers, had also during court proceedings jostled for the prosecution of the accused persons.

At the Monday’s proceedings, Justice Ademola struck out the suit due to the absence of the legal representative of the IGP in court. “This criminal charge is hereby struck out for wantof diligent prosecution by the complainant, Inspector General of Police, and his prosecutor,” the judge ruled.

In a related development, the judge in a fundamental rights suit filed by Ogwuche, grantedan oral application sought by his counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), for family members to have access to him.

★Osun def.


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