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Judge absence stalls Wadume, others trial over allege kidnap

By News Desk

Efforts to commence trial of Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, and six others have suffered another setback following the absence of the Judge, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako.

Due to the judge’s absence on Tuesday, the trail was stalled and the case, which has attracted the public interest has been adjourned by the court to July 13 for the continuation of trial.

At the last sitting of the court seven days ago, Justice Murtala-Nyako rejected the bail application of the defendants on the ground that the court has granted an accelerated trial.

The judge, therefore, gave an order for the defendants to be moved from the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Police to the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja.

Murtala-Nyako also ordered that the defendants must be availed access to a medical facility and allowed to have access to their lawyers while at the correctional center.

The defendants are standing trial for alleged kidnap for ransom, illegal gun-running, and offenses bordering on terrorism.

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