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Thursday, 23 January 2014

School Principal And Six Others Stoned To Death In Bauchi

There was pandemonium at the Upper Court 4 in Anguwan Jaki, Bauchi State, yesterday, as an angry mob almost lynched seven suspected homosexuals brought to court for trial.
One of the suspects was identified as the
Principal of a Government Secondary School in
the state.

The development forced security personnel at
the court premises to rescue the suspects by
firing gunshots in the air and using teargas to
disperse the mob.

The suspects are Ibrahim Marafa, Shehu Adamu, Yusuf Adamu, Aliyu Dalhatu, Abdulmalik Tanko, Usman Sabo and Hazif Sabo Abubakar.

The angry mob hurled stones at the van carrying them as it sped dangerously back to prison. A few people sustained injuries in the process. The suspects faced charges of allegedly engaging in gay activities in Bauchi State, an action that contravenes the Islamic laws which the state is operating.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna
Mohammed, said the suspects were arrested by the Bauchi State Sharia Commission. The atmosphere around the court was tense as
the suspects came out of the court with the mob reigning abuses and pelting them with stones.

Earlier, inside the rowdy court, counsel to the
Sharia Commission, Danlami Ayuba, told the
court that one of the suspects was identified as
Ibrahim Marafa, the Principal of Government
Secondary School, Mainamaji. When the case was slated for hearing, counsel to the suspect, Abdul Musa, said he was not ready and sought for bail for his client to enable them study the charges. The bail application was rejected by the counsel to the Sharia commission.

The presiding judge, El-Yaqub Aliyu, refused to
grant the bail and adjourned the case till
Monday to enable the prosecutors present their witness.

Similarly the State Sharia Commission counsel
paraded six other suspects. When their case was mentioned, the presiding judge cautioned the Sharia commission’s counsel to ensure that they had proper evidence on the accused persons before arraigning them.

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