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Court Remands Three Suspects Over Ibadan Explosion

Justice Akpan adjourned the case till April 11 for hearing on their bail applications.


Aeriel scene of an explosion in Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State on January 16, 2024

 

Legal proceedings against those suspected to be involved in the January 16, 2024 explosion at Bodija in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has commenced as a Federal High Court in Ibadan has ordered that a woman and two men be remanded in prison for their suspected roles in the incident. 

The presiding judge, Justice Ekerete Akpan of Federal High Court 2, Ibadan, ordered that the three accused persons, a female and two males be remanded in Agodi correctional centre after hearing their pleas.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them. The police charged a woman, Ramatu Camara, 47; Ganiu Malik, 20; and Abubakar Samasa 64; with conspiracy, use of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, stockpiling of radioactive materials and dispersal of biological weapons.

The police prosecution, Michael Ojeah, told the court that Camara, Malik and Samasa were facing five counts.

Ojeah added that the defendants and others at large committed the crime at about 7.30 p.m on January 16, on Aderinola street, off Dejo-Oyelese Street, Adeyi Avenue, Old Bodija Ibadan, Oyo State.

The Prosecution said the defendants stored radioactive materials inside a building which exploded and led to the death of a 65-year-old woman known as Bolanle Badmus and 13 others.

He subsequently informed the court that he was prepared to present his case. However, the defence counsel, Adeola Adebayo prayed the court for a short adjournment in order to file some applications.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 26, 42 (A) and (B), 43(1) (A) and (2) (C) 1 (A) 58 (1) (A) of the Terrorism, Prohibition and Prevention Act 2022.

Justice Akpan thereafter adjourned the case till April 11 for hearing on their bail applications.