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Miyetti Allah Leader’s Brother Denies Involvement in Ethnic Militia, Claims Vigilante Firm

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Denying his brother’s alleged role in establishing an ethnic militia group called Kungiya Zaman Lafiya, Mohammed Musa, brother of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore’s President Bello Bodejo, stated in an affidavit supporting Bodejo’s bail application dated March 28, 2024. Musa clarified that his brother operated a registered vigilante company providing security services and promoting peace, not an ethnic militia.

He stated, “The defendant/applicant neither established nor has any involvement with the Kungiya Zaman Lafiya ethnic militia group as alleged in the charges. He established a vigilante company, Nomad Vigilante Nigeria Limited, under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020, with the aim of offering security services and promoting peace, not terrorism.”

In a counter affidavit dated April 2, filed by Noma Wando, a litigation clerk in the Department of Public Prosecutions, Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Government opposed Bodejo’s bail application, disputing his claims of a life-threatening illness and likelihood of evading trial if granted bail.

The defendant, Bodejo, was apprehended on January 23 at Miyetti Allah’s Karu LGA office in Nasarawa State for allegedly unveiling a militia group. He was arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on March 22, 2024, on three terrorism charges.

During the bail application hearing, Dr. Sulaiman Usman, representing the defendant, requested an adjournment following the FG’s counter-affidavit raising new issues. The prosecution lawyer, Y. A Imana, did not oppose the adjournment plea.

Furthermore, Usman orally requested the court to instruct the DIA to allow Bodejo access to his legal counsel for trial preparations. Imana disagreed, stating that Bodejo had been granted access to his lawyers since the court’s previous order for medical attention and legal access.

Justice Ekwo directed the defendant’s counsel to report any denial of access to the court, emphasizing the importance of legal representation and preparation for trial.

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