Suspects arrested over the murder of General Mohammed Alkali have been charged to court – They are reportedly arraigned on criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide counts – Their lawyer, filing their bail application, said that over 120 lawyers are interested in defending the accused Over 120 lawyers, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria, have reportedly expressed their interest in defending the 19 persons arrested in connection with the murder of a former Nigerian Army Chief of Administration, General Mohammed Alkali.
This was made known as the accused filed their bail application on Wednesday, November 7, before Justice Daniel Longji of a Plateau State High Court in Jos. The Punch reports that the lawyer for the accused, Gyang Zi, said that the application was filed following the earlier arraignment of the accused on two counts to which they had all pleaded not guilty.
Zi said: “Over 120 lawyers want to be part of the team to defend the accused. They are yet to be granted bail, but the bail application has just been filed. The accused have pleaded not guilty to the charges.”
Reports said that the spokesman for the Plateau state police command, Matthias Tyopev, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the suspects were arraigned on criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide counts. “They were charged with two offences – criminal conspiracy under Section 97 and culpable homicide under Section 221 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria as applicable to Plateau State. They all took their pleas and pleaded not guilty.
The case was adjourned till December 10 for argument on their bail application. The accused have been remanded in Jos prison,” he said. Alkali reportedly retired a few weeks before he was declared missing on September 3, a day after gunmen invaded Dura-Du community in Jos South local government area and killed no fewer than 13 persons. Three cars were said to have been recovered from a mining pond in Dura-Du District during a cordon and search operation by soldiers led by the Garrison Commander of 3 Armour Division, Rukuba Barracks in Jos, Brig-Gen. Umar Mohammed.
Meanwhile, the remains of the late general had been buried at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja on Saturday, November 3. The burial, which was concluded at around 3 pm, was attended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen.
Tukur Buratai, former military administrator of Lagos, Retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa and former minister of works and housing, Alhaji Sunusi Dagash. The funeral prayer, which was led by the Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque, Kabir Mohammad, amid tears, was attended by Muslims from within and outside the Federal Capital Territory. Mohammed commended the Nigerian Army for ensuring thorough search which led to the recovery of the body of the deceased, described as a “national hero.” The Chief Imam described the situation surrounding the demise of Alkali as “very unfortunate: it is very unfortunate that Alkali died this way.”