Boko Haram Suspect Released After 4 Years In Custody
Usman Abubakar is a Boko Haram suspect, who was allegedly involved in the abduction of seven foreigners from a construction site in Bauchi.
The foreigners were taken to Sambisa Forest, in Borno, where they were murdered in February 2013.
Abubakar was arrested and charged alongside Mohammed Usman (a.k.a Khalid Al-Barnawi), Mohammed Bashir Saleh, Umar Mohammed Bello (a.k.a Abu Azzan), Mohammed Salisu (a.k.a Datti), Yakubu Nuhu (a.k.a Bello Maishayi) and a lady, Halima Haliru.
They were arraigned on an 11-count bordering on abduction and murder of their victims.
At the resumed trial, the prosecuting counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, informed the court of the development, which was filed on June 5, saying that the prosecution has nothing against the 6th defendant.
Labaran said that among other features in the amended information is the “striking out’’ of Usman Abubakar as a defendant, in line with the information filed on Feb. 23, 2017.
The prosecution added two other defendants- Mohammed Sani and Abubakar Habib.
They are to be arraigned, bringing the number of defendants to eight.
The judge, Justice John Tsoho, in a short ruling, struck out the name of the 6th defendant, who has spent 144 months in custody.
Tsoho adjourned the matter until June 19 for the two defendants to take their plea.