DSS gets order to detain suspected ISIS member for 60 days

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an order for the detention of a Nigerian, Emmanuel Osase, accused of being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for 60 days.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order on Wednesday, April 4, 2024.

In a motion ex-parte instituted by the SSS in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/409/2024, it contended that “the Respondent was arrested by a team of personnel from the applicant’s office for alleged membership and propagation of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist messages, including opposition to Democratic System of Government and the call for staging terrorists attacks against Nigeria State and its symbols of sovereignty.”

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A.A Ugee, counsel for the SSS, said it was necessary for the applicant in the case to apply to the Court for an order to detain the Applicant for sixty (60) days, pending the conclusion of an ongoing investigation in a case of terrorism.

The lawyer added that preliminary investigation revealed that the respondent, who is allegedly an ex-convict, still engages in terrorist activities which previously led to his conviction in France.

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“That the Respondent appeared not to have renounced his terrorist ideologies, as he continues to engage with the proscribed pro-ISIS online media group known as “al-Alawn Media Foundation” whose main objectives is the creation and dissemination of terrorist content and the promotion of terrorist attacks against Democratic Systems of Government such as Nigeria and the Western Governments including their interests across the globe,” the lawyer added.

Ruling on the motion, Ekwo granted the DSS request while adjourning the case to June 3.

“Upon studying the averments in the affidavit, I hereby grant the relief as prayed,” the judge ruled.

In another development, the detained President, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Bodejo, has told a Federal High Court, Abuja that he had no criminal record.

Bodejo, who was arrested on the alleged raising up an armed militia in detriment of the nation’s unity, told Justice Inyang Ekwo in a motion for bail filed by his lawyer, Ahmed Raji, SAN.

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In the motion with charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/141/2024 date and filed March 28, he sought an order admitting him to bail on liberal terms pending the hearing and determination of the case against him.

Recall that Bodejo, who was arrested on Jan. 23 in Malia, Nasarawa State, and kept in the custody of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), was arraigned before Justice Ekwo on March 22.

He was arraigned on three-count charge bordering on terrorism.

Giving nine grounds why he should be granted bail, the detained Miyetti Allah president said the offences with which he was charged were bailable ones.

“The defendant/applicant has no criminal record whatsoever,” he said.

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He asserted that his reputation not only confirms his reliability and credibility but also indicates his commitment not to flee if granted bail.

He claimed to have suffered from severe ill-health, which he considered an exceptional circumstance warranting bail, citing Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution.

Furthermore, he argued that the charges against him failed to establish a prima facie case and assured the court of his non-interference with the ongoing investigation.

He pledged his punctuality in attending trial and readiness to provide suitable sureties as required.

However, in a counter affidavit filed by Noma Wando, a litigation clerk in the Department of Public Prosecutions, Federal Ministry of Justice, it was urged to dismiss the bail plea.

The affidavit outlined terrorism-related charges against Bodejo, including the establishment of an ethnic militia and involvement in activities prejudicial to national security.

It refuted claims of life-threatening health conditions, suggesting that his high blood pressure was effectively managed at the detention center.

It was argued that Bodejo would not suffer injustice without bail, as government facilities ensured medical care for detainees.

During the hearing, Bodejo’s counsel, Dr. Sulaiman Usman, SAN, requested an adjournment due to the recent service of the prosecution’s counter affidavit.

He also sought an order granting Bodejo access to his lawyers, emphasizing his right to a fair defense.

The prosecution, represented by Y. A Imana, did not oppose the adjournment but contested the claim of denying access to Bodejo’s lawyers, asserting compliance with court orders regarding medical care and lawyer visitations.

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