👤 Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
All those who worked with Bala Hamisu, also known as Wadume, the king pin kidnapper from Taraba will be investigated, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has said.
Wadume, from Ibi community, Taraba State, who had confessed to selling guns to Fulani herdsmen, was arrested, but, on their journey, soldiers manning a check point, opened fire and killed at least three officers that arrested, allowing him to escape.
The 34-year was later re-arrested.
While some news outfit have claimed that soldiers involved in the matter have been removed from the case, the office of the AGF denied this, saying that no names were dropped.
A statement by Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to Abubakar Malami, said: “what his office did was to severe the charges in view of the unavailability of the soldiers who in their own case needed to be released by the military authorities, as they are undergoing military processes before their release.”
“It is in the interest of justice to accord speedy trial to the accused persons that are readily available to stand trial as against delaying at the expense of other co-accused persons who in the peculiarity of this case are not available for immediate arraignment,” the statement further reads.
Adding that: “It is a common practice that absence of a co-accused will not constitute impediment to the progress of a case.”
“Those available are entitled to fair trial and have their cases determined within a reasonable time as a matter of Constitutional rights.”
“Moreso, looking at the fact that the available accused persons are not to be held responsible for the unavailability of the co-accused persons.”