Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Nyanya Bombing: FG Files Charges Against Suspected Mastermind, Aminu Ogwuche

The Federal Government has filed terrorism charges against Aminu Ogwuche, the suspected mastermind of the April 14 bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja.

The Federal Government filed the charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja, though it was said that efforts were still being made to extradite the accused from Sudan.

The counts, filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police, came up for mention before Justice Adeniyi Ademola on Monday.

It was learnt that the charges were filed as part of the ongoing efforts to extradite Ogwuche, who is currently being held by the Interpol in Sudan.

Justice Ademola  adjourned the matter till July 1 for mention.
It was learnt that the charges would serve as evidence to support the police’s claim that Ogwuche was being wanted in the country to face terrorism charges.

The charges were signed and  filed for IGP  by Oloye Torugbene, a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

Over 100 persons died in the blast, which was said to have been masterminded by the accused  before escaping to Sudan.

He was said to have been arrested in Sudan with the assistance of the Interpol.

In the three counts instituted against him, Ogwuche was alleged to have conspired with others (at large), to commit an act of terrorism by detonating improvised explosive devices at Nyanya Motor Park, which resulted in the death of 75 persons and injuring over a hundred other persons.

Count two of the charge reads, “That you, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, Male, and others now at large, on the 14th of April, 2014 at Nyanya, FCT, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did facilitate the activities of persons engaged in an act of terrorism; by detonating improvised explosive devices at the Nyanya motor park which resulted in the death of 75 persons and injuring over a hundred other persons.”
The alleged offences were said to be punishable under sections 1 (2) (d) and 17of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act of 2013.

Source:
Punch Newspaper