By Abdallah el-Kurebe
The Sokoto state Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday arraigned a 40-year old Abubakar Halilu before the Federal High Court Sokoto for allegedly master-minding the abduction of the District Head of Wamakko, Alhaji Salihu Barade.
Halilu, who hail from the same village of Wamakko was alleged to have conspired with three other suspects simply identified as Muhammad, Buba and Ali (now at large), on the 8th April, 2015 to abduct Barade at his farm in Wamakko town of Sokoto state.
The accused person, including his accomplices, who were said to have been invited from Niger state, were charged with abducting and detaining the District Head to an unknown place. He pleaded not guilty.
The prosecuting counsel also informed the court that Barade was released only after the sum of N100 million was paid as ransom.
Barade, who is a member of the Sultanate Council and a King maker, is also the younger brother to former governor, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko.
The Lead Prosecuting counsel, who is the state’s Commissioner of Justice and state Attorney-General, Barrister Suleiman Usman said that all the offences were contrary to Sections 1, 15 and 17 of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act of 2013.
Justice Rilwanu Aikawa granted the Prosecuting counsel’s prayer to remand the accused in Prison Custody, a prayer that was not objected to by the Lead Defence counsel, Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi.
Defence Counsel told the court that he would formally apply to the court for the release of the accused on bail.
The case was adjourned to April 7 for the commencement of hearing.
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