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Suspected Boko Haram Leader, Who Escaped From SSS Cell Rearrested

A suspected Boko Haram leader, Muktar Suleiman, has been rearrested months after he escaped from the custody of the State Security Service (SSS).

Mr. Suleiman and others still at large, escaped from SSS cell in 2015, after killing a policeman and another inmate.

However, when he was presented at the Chief Magistrate Court in Lokoja, Kogi State Tuesday, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Levi Animoku, ordered for the suspect to be remanded in prison custody.

Mr. Animoku said the charge of culpable homicide brought against the suspect is the highest crime in the Nigerian legal system and described it as “horrifying and grievous.”

He cited Section 341(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code, which he said disqualifies the court from granting bail to a person accused of such offence.

“Consequently, the accused shall be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe and the case is adjourned till March 16, for mention,” Mr. Animoku ruled.

The ruling followed an application by state counsel, Mohammed Abaji, urging the court to consider the gravity of the charges brought against the accused.

Mr. Abaji, told the court the suspect was arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and membership of a gang of brigands.

According to him, the offences contravened Sections 97 (1), 221, 305 of the Penal Code and Section 4 of the Terrorism (Prevention Amendment) Act 2013.

He narrated how in 2015, the suspect and others, who belonged to the bloody insurgent group, Boko Haram, escaped from SSS custody.

Mr. said the escape was facilitated by of other members of the terrorist group after they killed a police officer and an inmate.

After his escape, the legal practitioner said the suspects have visited Yobe, Zaria and Kano states, where they received training in terrorism.

He also said the suspect and others at large carried out recruitment for the outlawed group in Otukpo, Benue State and in Ankpa, Idah and Anyigba in Kogi State.

Before he was rearrested, Mr. Abaji told the court the accused and his group were planning attacks on locations in Ankpa and Anyigba.

He, therefore, urged the court to adjourn the case to allow security operatives complete investigation into the case.

Boko Haram and Islamic State hold records for killing the highest number of people through terrorism.

But the Nigerian terror group is said to have killed more people than their Iraqi-Syrian allies, based on the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), published by the Institute for Economy and Peace.

GTI showed the two terrorist groups were responsible for over a half of the killings in 2014.

Together, they were responsible for 51 percent of all global fatalities in 2014 claimed by any group, and almost 40 percent of all fatalities.

Boko Haram which pledged allegiance to IS in March 2015, killed more people than their fellow Islamists, claiming 6,644 lives compared to 6,073.

Nigeria accordingly experienced a staggering 300 percent rise in terrorism deaths in 2014, although other militant groups take partial blame for the increase.

Boko Haram is still killing and destroying communities in North-east Nigeria months after the government and its military boasted they have defeated the bloodthirsty group.

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