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Bello Bodejo, the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, who is currently facing terrorism charges, is requesting bail from the court while asserting his lack of criminal records.

Being prosecuted at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Bodejo has also denied any association with the formation of an ethnic militia group called Kungiya Zaman Lafiya.

This assertion was made through an affidavit presented by his brother, Mohammed Musa, in support of Bodejo’s bail application dated March 28, 2024.

Musa clarified that his brother only operated a registered vigilante company that provided security services to society members and promoted peace.

According to Musa, “The defendant/applicant neither established nor has any involvement with the Kungiya Zaman Lafiya ethnic militia group, as alleged in the charge preferred against him on the 12th March 2024.

“The defendant/applicant only established a vigilante company, which was duly registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 as Nomad Vigilante Nigeria Limited as opposed to an ethnic militia known as Kungiya Zaman Lafiya, as alleged by the complainant in the charge preferred against the defendant/applicant.

“The aim of establishing the vigilante company is to render security services to the members of society and promote peace but not to commit any act of terrorism whatsoever.”

In a counter-affidavit dated April 2, and sworn by a litigation clerk in the Department of Public Prosecutions, Federal Ministry of Justice, Noma Ganau Wando, the Federal Government has urged the court to reject Bodejo’s bail request.

Wando argued that Bodejo’s claim of suffering from a life-threatening illness is unsubstantiated.

Wando further stated that granting bail to the defendant would result in him skipping his trial.

He mentioned, “All the facts presented in the affidavit regarding ill health and heart failure, among others, have not been proven as credible or genuine, casting doubt on supporting his bail application.

“Given the gravity of the alleged offenses and the severity of punishment prescribed by law, the defendant/applicant is likely to evade trial if granted bail.”

Bodejo was apprehended on January 23 at the Miyetti Allah’s office in the Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State for allegedly revealing the existence of a militia group.

The Miyetti Allah leader was charged before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja with three counts of terrorism on March 22, 2024.

During the bail application hearing on Wednesday, Dr. Sulaiman Usman (SAN), Bodejo’s counsel, requested an adjournment citing new issues raised by the prosecution in their counter-affidavit.

Y. A. Imana, the prosecuting lawyer, did not oppose Usman’s request for an adjournment.

Usman also asked for an order requiring the Defense Intelligence Agency to enable Bodejo to meet with his legal team.

He emphasized the necessity for Bodejo to have sufficient time for trial preparation.

 Usman stated, “We urge Your Lordship to order the DIA to grant the defendant access to his lawyers. He needs to be prepared for the trial.”

However, the prosecutor countered, stating that Bodejo had not been denied access to his legal team.

She remarked, “I disagree. Following the court’s previous order for medical and legal attention, we contacted them, and feedback indicated that the counsel had visited him.”

In response, Justice Ekwo advised, “Inform the court immediately if access is denied at any point.”

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