A Kogi State Senior Magistrate Court in Lokoja has granted an order that a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), ) for the Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala federal constituency in the just concluded primary election,  Abduatif  Ibrahim Halims and 15 others being investigated over alleged dealing in human parts be remanded in police custody.

The court, which was presided over by Mrs O.R. Haruna, made the order while ruling on an exparte application for a remand order filed before the court by the state Commissioner of Police on October 15, 2018.

Haruna said the police prosecutor, Theophilus Oteme, had disclosed possible cause for remand of the suspects in the seven-paragraph affidavit sworn to by one Sgt Ibrahim Ademola and attached to the application.

The court ruled that In effect, the application is meritorious and same is granted as prayed.

The magistrate ruled that the suspects be remanded in the custody of the Tactical Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja, adding that the case be returned on October  29, 2018.

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The remand order obtained by police was to allow for conclusion of investigation into the matter before formally preferring charges against the suspects.

Halims, a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly, alongside 15 others were on October 12 paraded in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh.

He had emerged candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala federal constituency in the just concluded primary election prior to his arrest.

Other suspects in the case were Yakubu Amidu, Julius Alhassan, Shehu Haliru, Obile Attah, Akwu Audu, Alh. Shaibu Adamu, Abdullahi Zakari, Saleh Adama, Musa Abdullahi, Yakubu Yahaya, Shagari Adama, Isaac Alfa, Baba Isha and Idoko Benjamin.

According to the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, their arrest followed the investigations on the rampant cases of missing persons, killing of innocent people and the removal of their private parts for ritual purposes in Ankpa town and environs.

The IG had vowed to bring the criminals to justice.


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