“Shehu Jatau,3 Ors Arraigned In Court On 8 Counts Charges Of Murder, Rape

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Yakubu Busari

The Nigeria Police Command has arraigned four (4) notorious gangs terrorizing the Tarok Community of Kadarko District of Wase Local Government Council in Plateau state leading to the death of several innocent citizens.


The ring leader Shehu Jatau with his accomplished were arraigned before justice P.S. Gang of the Plateau High Court sitting in Jos, Division for 8 counts charge of culpable homicide,



The four accused persons, Shehu Jatau, Banjul Timothy, Ponjul Nimmak, and Lohfa Jimam were arraigned over the following offenses of culpable homicide, Murder, Treason, Armed Robbery, Rape, Stealing, Manslaughter, forgery, being a member of an unlawful society.


“You would recall that the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country”.



However, due to the incessant attacks killing and rapping of women by a militia gang leader, Shehu Jatau, and five of his accomplices at a hotel in the central area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja the army handed him over to the Plateau State Police command for onward prosecution of his involvement in crimes and criminality.


Jatau and his gang members were in court and the clerk read all the 8 counts charge for them individually and they all pleaded not guilty to the charges.



According to them,” the army said  that their  preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were involved in a recent Plateau State crisis and then escape to Abuja where they resort to “kidnapping, extortion and unleashing unprecedented carnage on residents .”


They adding that the troops also rescued seven kidnapped victims from bandits in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State.



The accused persons were arrested in possession of dangerous weapons of Ak47, Clashing, GPMG, safe loaded machine guns were they attempted killing Nimmyel Jimam who survived with several gunshots sometimes on 30th October 2019.


They accused persons engage in unlawful possession of firearms and ammunitions wreaking havoc on vulnerable communities of Wase LGA.


The prosecution counsel, Barr E.A.Inegbenoise told the court that the four accused persons should be remanded in the correctional centre until the determination of the suit.


The matter came up today 16th December 2020 for mention with Prof Sylvester Shikyil as the defense counsel to Shehu Jatau and 3 of his accomplishes in the criminal offenses.


Prof Sylvester didn’t object to the plea of application for an adjournment of the suit which Justice P.S.Gang adjourned to 11th January 2020 for the continuation of hearing.


The plaintiff counsel, Barr Edwin A. Inegbenoise concluded an arrangement to present witnesses to come to testify and the defendant counsel Prof Sylvester told the court that they were just served by plaintiff counsel with a statement of the counter affidavit.

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