Thursday, February 20, 2014

Senator Yarima, 29 others charged with attempted murder, robbery

A Zamfara High Court, sitting in Gusau, today adjourned a case of armed robbery and attempted murder preferred against Senator Ahmed Yarima and 29 others to April 8.

Yarima, a former governor of Zamfara, was arraigned in the court by the Inspector-General of Police on an eight-count charge of armed robbery, conspiracy and attempt to commit murder, among others.

Yarima appeared before Justice Bello Gummi of the High Court along with the 29 co-accused persons.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yarima was arraigned in the court by the IGP, following petitions by a serving member of the House of Representatives, representing Gusau/Tsafe Federal Constituency, Ibrahim Shehu.

The senator was alleged to have conspired with other accused persons to kill the Shehu on the Aug. 22, 2013.

The complainant also alleged that during the attack on him, the sum of N10 million was removed from his car.

However, the lead defence counsel, Mr Muhammad Katu, observed the prosecution should have cited the charges on separate sheets of paper to avoid duplication and complications.

This forced the judge to adjourn the sitting for about three hours.

On return, Gummi ruled that the case was properly filed and ordered for the continuation of the case.

Both the prosecution and defence counsel, Mr Oloye Torugbene and Katu, respectively, however, applied for an adjournment.

The judge adjourned the case to April 8 when the pleas of the accused would be taken by the court.

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