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Adamawa CP releases detained r-PDP officials accused of terrorism, withdraw charges

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Adamawa State commissioner of police, Audu Madaki has released three officials of reformed People’s Democratic Party (r-PDP) which the police earlier charged with terrorism, forgery and public disturbance.

The police on the orders of the commissioner of police has arrested the factional chairman of r-PDP in Yelli ward, Mr. Philips Buji, Barristar Hussaini Guyuk and Abdulsalam Adamu for the enumerated offences.

After releasing the trio on bail, they were re-arrested and dragged before Chief Magistrate court (4) Yola on Wednesday 15th April, 2020 where Madaki through the prosecutor filed an exparte application seeking for court order to reprimand them in police custody.

Magistrate Dimas Gwama granted the request and reprimand the trio in police custody.

The action of the judge contravenes an earlier directive by the chief justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad which directed all courts to stop sitting until April 20, 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

Findings by our reporter reveals that, the case file has been closed and withdrawn by the police following the amicable resolution of the matter.

Counsel to the released r-PDP officials, Barristar Abubakar Aliyu Jatau said the matter was resolved amicably between the two parties.

Barristar Jatau observed that communication gap created the misunderstanding between the police and his clients noting that the matter was purely intra- political party squabble within the PDP which need political solution among the players.

“I requested for the release of my clients detained by the police and were released to me unconditionally because the case is political in nature .

“All parties involved were advised to resolve their differences amicably and to obey the laws of the land and to avoid any breach of peace in the state,” he said.

Commenting on the development, factional leader of the r-PDP, Dr. Umar Ardo said because of the innate desire of the powers that be to punish opponents, the court circumvents directive of the chief justice and sat illegally.

“With the clear directive that no court should sit and for them to have out brought the magistrate, and the magistrate to under took court proceeding in the entire country for a singular purpose of victimising political opponents has said a lot on the integrity of that very magistrate who is being used by the Adamawa state government as a pawn in its political chess game which remain much unfortunate.

“We are going to write a petition to the National Judicial Council, NJC on the magistrate, who had exercised his injustice on us unless he write and tender an unreserved apology to us, we may forgive him in the spirit of human error.

“But I don’t blame the government and its cohorts, I blame the law professor in the government house who sits by and allow the regime to be misled by lunatics who are desperate to hold onto power no matter how ignominious.

” If as a law professor, he can not advice the government on to the right lawful and Honourable path, then I don’t think being there is worth it,” Ardo said.