The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has revealed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that two of the suspects who allegedly invaded the residence of retired Justice Mary Odili, were among the inmates who escaped from the Kuje Correctional Centre during the July jailbreak.
At the last adjourned date, counsel to the 6th, 13th and 14th defendants, Usman Jibrin, had informed Justice Nkeonye Maha, that Aliyu Ibrahim, Shehu Jibo and Abdullahi Adamu who are 6th, 13th and 14th defendants respectively in a suit, were absent.
After Jibrin informed the court that the three defendants were victims of the Kuje jailbreak, the Judge ordered the prosecution to investigate the matter and revert with a report.
At Thursday’s proceeding, the prosecution lawyer, Mathew Omosun, informe the court that the correctional service confirmed that only Jibo and Adamu , the 13th and 14th defendants, were at large.
However, Jibrin, who also appeared for Ibrahim (6th defendant), expressed concern that his client was not in court despite the feedback from the correction service that he was not at large.
He, therefore, prayed the court to order the prison authorities to produce Ibrahim at the next adjourned date.
Omosun, however, applied that the three defendants could be tried in absentia in accordance with Section 521 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.
Consequently, Justice Maha adjourned the matter to February 16, 2023 for continuation of trial and ordered the Nigeria Correctional Service to produce Ibrahim, the 6th defendant, in court at the next adjourned date.