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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Christmas Day bombing: Court admits more evidence in Kabiru Sokoto’s trial

THE Federal High Court on Friday in Abuja admitted a document tendered by the prosecution as Kabiru Sokoto’s confessional statement.

Kabiru Umar, alias Kabiru Sokoto, is standing trial for his alleged role in the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, in 2011.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola held that the admissibility of the document was based on its relevance to the case.

“The objection raised against the document is hereby struck out and the document is duly admitted to be used as evidence,” he said.

The judge had on May 10 reserved ruling on the objection raised against the document.
Mr Adamu Ibrahim, counsel to the accused, claimed that the statement was extracted from his client through “torture, coercion, beating and intimidation.”

In a trial-within-trial to ascertain the veracity of the claim, the accused said “throughout my stay in the police cell, I was not asked to write any statement; neither was any statement written with my consent to sign.”

However, the two prosecution witnesses, who gave evidence against the accused in blindfolds, said the accused person was not coerced into making the statement.

According to them, Umar, in the statement, confessed to being privy to the bombing of the Catholic Church in Madalla.

They contended that the statement was taken under the supervision of former CP Zakari Biu, CSP Pam Augustine, Inspector Anthony Larumo, Cpl Francis Ameh (now dismissed) and Cpl Adakole Samuel, in an open space.

Ademola adjourned the case to May 13 for continuation of trial.

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