Katsina mass abduction: Court remands ex-LG boss, others for terrorism

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Olaide Oyelude, Katsina

MORE facts emerged on Tuesday that the former caretaker chairman of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, Haruna Musa, currently being remanded at a Katsina correctional centre has five charges brought against him by the police in connection with December’s abduction of 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.

The charges are criminal breach of trust by agent, inciting disturbance, aiding and abetting of armed robbery; kidnapping and terrorism.

According to the police First Information Report containing the charges, Musa was arrested on February 3, 2021 based on credible intelligence on his alleged links with bandits over the abduction.

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The police further alleged in the FIR that “On the January 30, 2021, at about 0800 hours, as a member of Katsina State Fulani/farmers reconciliation committee entrusted with the mandate of negotiating between bandits/kidnappers/robbers in Katsina State, you breached the trust by deliberately using your Samsung GSM phone with MTN Number: 08032981919 in calling one well known bandits’ commander residing in Zamfara forest, Zamfara State, who mastermind the kidnapping of the students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, sometime in December 2020, instigating him with unverified information regarding the release of the said students.

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“As a result of this information to the commander of the bandits by you, he informed his gang, who are now rising against the government and people of Katsina State, threatening to continue terrorising them for the money to be released to them. All these are contrary to sections 298, 78 and 47 of the Penal Code law of Katsina State, 2019.”

The two police prosecutors on the case, ASP Isa Litti and ASP EM Garuba, however, told the Chief Magistrate Court where Musa was last arraigned on Monday and that investigation was still in progress on the case.

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The prosecutors requested for a new date for the case to be mentioned.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Hjaiya Aminat Ibrahim, granted the request and adjourned the case till March 25, 2021 for mention.

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