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Court to decide on bail plea for detained Miyetti Allah leader

President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore seeks release amid terrorism charges, citing health concerns and constitutional rights

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Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja is set to rule on May 30th regarding the bail application filed by Bello Bodejo, the detained President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore. Bodejo, facing charges of terrorism related to his alleged involvement in an ethnic militia group, Kungiya Zaman Lafiya, has petitioned the court for bail pending the outcome of the case brought against him by the Federal Government.

Bodejo, represented by a team of lawyers led by Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), contends that he is entitled to the presumption of innocence guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution. He argues that the evidence presented by the prosecution fails to establish a prima facie criminal case against him, warranting his release on bail. Additionally, he cites deteriorating health conditions and pledges not to abscond if granted bail.

However, the Federal Government, represented by prosecution counsel Aderonke Imana, opposes Bodejo’s bail application. Imana argues that terrorism charges are non-bailable offenses, asserting that Bodejo’s alleged activities pose a threat to national security and public safety. She refutes claims of serious health issues, stating that Bodejo’s hypertension is adequately managed at the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) Medical Centre in Abuja.

Imana highlights the medical facilities available at the DIA Medical Centre, emphasizing the government’s commitment to providing necessary medical care to detainees. She contends that Bodejo’s health concerns do not warrant his release, given the specialized medical attention available within the detention facility.

After hearing arguments from both parties, Justice Ekwo has adjourned proceedings until May 30th, when he will deliver his ruling on Bodejo’s bail application. The decision holds significant implications for Bodejo’s legal standing and underscores broader debates surrounding the balance between individual rights and national security imperatives in Nigeria.

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