Court remands alleged Boko Haram member in prison

A Lokoja Chief Magistrates’ Court has ordered the remand of a suspected Boko Haram member , Mustapha Adinoyi , over alleged involvement in terrorist activities and illegal possession of firearms .
Chief Magistrate , Levi Animoku , who gave the order after the state Counsel had arraigned the accused in Lokoja , described the alleged offence as “ a fearful one ”.
He said that Boko Haram activities had claimed lives of many Nigerians , adding that ”Bail is not granted as a matter of course . The offence is grievous and carries high penalty.
“ The presumptuous of innocence notwithstanding , I refuse the bail of the accused . Consequently , the accused shall be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton - Karfe , ” he said .
Animoku , thereafter , adjourned the case until Oct. 17 for mention .
Earlier , the prosecution led by Mohammed Abaji of the state Ministry of Justice told the court that Adinoyi was arrested following intelligence reports by a joint team of the Nigerian Army and the DSS.
Abaji said that Adinoyi ’ s handset and SIM card analysis further revealed that he had several meetings with one Dauda Momoh also known as “ General ”, a Boko Haram commander on the wanted list of the DSS.
He said that the accused also took the commander to the house of another member of the gang , one Abdulfatai where two single barrel guns, one toy gun , six SIM cards and other weapons were recovered .
The counsel prayed the court to take cognisance of the offences of criminal conspiracy contrary to Section 97 ( 1 ) of the Penal Code and belonging to terrorist group contrary to Section four of the Terrorism (Prevention ) (Amendment ) Act 2013 .
The alleged offences also included illegal possession of firearms contrary to Section three of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision ) Act CAP R 11 2004.
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