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Boko Haram suspect who escaped from DSS custody rearrested


A suspected member of the Boko Haram sect, Mukthar Suleiman, who escaped from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) in 2015 after killing a police officer, has been rearrested.

Suleiman was arraigned before a magistrates’ court in Lokoja, Kogi State on Tuesday.

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The prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abaji, said Suleiman was arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and belonging to a gang.

Abaji said Suleiman and his colleague allegedly killed another inmate before escaping and were planning to launch attacks on some places in Ankpa and Anyigba before he was arrested.

Chief magistrate, Levi Animoku, ordered that he should be remanded in prison.

“Culpable homicide is the highest crime in our legal system,” he said.

“Section 341(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) simpliciter, precludes a court from granting bail to a person accused of such offence,” the magistrate held.

“Consequently, the accused shall be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe and the case is adjourned till March 16, for mention”, he added.

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