Three bag jail term for involvement in Ibadan blast

A Federal High Court in Ibadan has issued an order for the detention of a woman and two men in connection with their involvement in the Bodija explosion that occurred on January 16 in Ibadan.

Ramatu Camara, aged 47, Ganiu Malik, aged 20, and Abubakar Samasa, aged 64, were brought before the court by the police on charges including conspiracy, use of weapons of mass destruction, stockpiling of radioactive materials, and dispersal of biological weapons. However, they entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.

Justice E.U. Akpan ordered that they be remanded in the Agodi correctional centre, and adjourned the suit until April 11 for a hearing on their bail applications.

The police prosecutor, Michael Ojeah, had informed the court that Camara, Malik, and Samasa were facing a five-count charge.

Ojeah further added that the defendants and others at large committed the crime at about 7.30 p.m. on Jan. 16, at Aderinola of 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 deaths 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 defense counsel, Mr. Adeola Adebayo, prayed to the court for a short adjournment in order to file some applications.

The prosecutor said the offense violated 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.

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