Nyanya Bombing: Court Dismisses Ogwuche’s Right Enforcement Suit

NyanyaA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a Fundamental Human Rights Enforcement suit filed by an alleged mastermind of the April 14, 2014 bomb blast in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, Mr. Aminu Ogwueche.

Mr. Ogwueche asked the court to order his release from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) and award 600 million naira as damages in his favour for being kept in detention since his arrest in July 2014 without arraignment before any court.

The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola in his judgment, held that the suit lacked merit as the applicant’s detention by the DSS since July 15, 2014 is in order to complete its investigations backed by court orders.

He also held that the orders made by the various courts allowing the accused detention for successive periods were in line with the court’s powers, under section 27 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013.

He also ruled that the suspect, who had been kept in detention since his extradition from Sudan, where he allegedly escaped to after the bombing incident, had been subsequently arraigned on terrorism charges before justice Ahmed Mohammed also of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Nyanya Bombing: Lack Of Protection Screen Stalls Ogwuche’s Trial

Aminu-Ogwuche Nyanya bomb suspectThe trial of Aminu Ogwuche and five others suspected to have masterminded a bomb blast at a motor park in Nyanya, a town in the outskirts of Abuja, has been stalled again following the lack of a screen to protect the witnesses.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, had in the last two hearings slated the case for trial-within-trial to ascertain the voluntariness of the statements made by the accused persons after they alleged that statement were given under “severe beating and torture” by officials of the Department of State Service (DSS).

However, at the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the inability of the court registrar to provide a screen to protect the witnesses, who are staffers of the DSS, forced the court to adjourn the trial.

Justice Mohammed subsequently adjourned the case to 16 and 17 of June for trial.

The court had earlier given an approval for the witnesses to give their testimonies wearing masks.

The accused persons, Aminu Ogwuche, Ahmed Abubakar, Mohammed Ishaq, Ya’u Saidu, Anas Isa, and Adamu Yusuf, were alleged to have masterminded the April 14, 2014 Nyanya Motor Park blasts that killed scores of passengers and destroyed several vehicles.

On Tuesday, the Federal Government sought the conduct of the trial of six persons with the new administration of Justice Act.

At the resumed hearing of the case before it was adjourned to Wednesday, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mohammed Diri, requested that the court should try the accused persons under the new administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

The trial has been adjourned more than four times this year for several reasons.

Absence Of Interpreter Stalls Nyanya Bombing Suspects’ Trial

NyanyaThe trial of the suspected mastermind of the Nyanya bombing of April last year, Aminu Ogwuche and six others has been stalled following the absence of a court interpreter.

Trial Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, told the court that the interpreter was on a compassionate leave and given that some of the accused persons do not speak English, it would be a breach of the law and their fundamental human rights to go on with the case, without the interpreter.

All the lawyers in the case agreed with the trial judge who subsequently adjourned the case to March 6 for arraignment and commencement of trial.

He also made an order for accelerated hearing in the case.

The case was rescheduled for February 20 after the the absence of some counsels representing some of the accused stalled the case on February 6.

The seven accused persons, who are to be arraigned before Justice Mohammed on a seven count charge of terrorism are Aminu Ogwuche, Ahmad Abubakar, Mohammed Ishaq, Ya’u Saidu, Anas Isah, Adamu Yusuf and Nasiru Abubakar.

Counsels for five out of the seven accused persons were absent on the February 6 trial day, forcing Justice Mohammed to reschedule the trial for February 20.

They are accused of masterminding the twin bombing in Nyanya in the outskirts of Abuja which claimed 75 lives on April 14, 2014.

Ogwuche was extradited from Sudan with the help of Interpol on July 15, 2014 to answer charges of terrorism leveled against him.

Trial Of Nyanya Bomber Re-Scheduled To July 31

Aminu-OgwucheThe trial of one of the alleged masterminds of the April 14 bomb blasts which rocked a Bus terminal at Nyanya in the Abuja metropolis, before a Federal High Court did not hold as scheduled.

This was as a result of the inability of the Police to produce the suspect in court.

Counsel to the Nigerian Police, DSP Oloye Torubgene, told the court that the Police were yet to conclude the process of extraditing the suspect who had fled to Sudan after the incident before he was arrested with the help of the Interpol.

The Trial Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, thereafter adjourned to July 1 for the suspect to be present in court to take his pleas and face trial.

The suspect, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, aged 29, was alleged to have been the brain behind the plot and execution of the dastardly act where lives of hundreds of Nigerians were lost before he eloped to Sudan where he was later arrested with the assistance of the Interpol.

In a three count charge filed by the Nigerian Police before the Federal High Court, the suspected terrorist is alleged to have conspired with others said to be at large, to commit an act of terrorism by detonating improvised explosive devices at Nyanya Motor Park which resulted in the death of 75 persons and injuring over a hundred other persons.

The act is said to be punishable under section 17 of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act of 2013.

Count two of the charge read, “that Mr Ogwuche, and others now at large, on the 14th of April, 2014 did facilitate the activities of persons engaged in an act of terrorism; by detonating improvised explosive devices at the Nyanya Motor Park which resulted in the death of 75 persons and injuring over a hundred other persons and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 1 (2) (d) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act of 2013.”

DSS Arrests Perpetrators Of April 14 Nyanya Bombing

DSS on Nyanya BombingThe Department of State Service, DSS, has arrested five men for the April 14 bombing of Nyanya Park in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.

The DSS has also declared wanted one Rufai Abubakar Tsiga and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche for allegedly masterminding the bombing.

Addressing a media briefing at the service headquarters in Abuja, the spokesperson of the service, Marilyn Ogar, while revealing the identities of those arrested, also revealed details of past encounters with one of those declared wanted.

She said: “It is noteworthy that the UK born Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, with Service Number 95/104 deserted the Nigerian Army in 2006. He served in the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Army between 2001 and 2006 and was posted to the Nigerian Defense Academy in 2006, but rather than reporting at the academy, he deserted.

“Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche was arrested by this service (DSS) on 12th November 2011 at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja on his arrival from the United Kingdom for suspected involvement in terrorism related activities, but was released on bail on 15th October 2012 to his father, a retired Colonel, Agene Ogwuche, following intense pressure from human rights activists who alleged human rights violation.”

She further stated that “Nigerian security forces shall not rest on their oars until every individual or group of persons involved in the Nyanya bombings are brought to book.”

Those arrested are Ahmad Rufai Abubakar, Muhammadu Sani Ishaq, Adamu Yusuf, Yau Saidu and Anas Isah.

The service, in addition, also announced a reward of 25million Naira for anybody with useful information on their whereabouts.

A bomb went off during morning rush hour on April 14 2014 at the Nyanya motor park Abuja, killing 75 people, injuring several others.