Miyetti Allah Protests for Release of Detained President in Abuja

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Members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, calling for the release of their detained president, Bello Bodejo.

Carrying a prominent banner reading “Free Bello Bodejo,” the protesters congregated at the court’s entrance to emphasize their demands. Many held up placards with messages such as “DIA, Free Bodejo Now” and “Release Bodejo.”

Comrade Kabir Matazu, speaking on behalf of the group, condemned Bodejo’s arrest and detention as unlawful, stressing the importance of upholding the rule of law in a democratic society.

“In a democratic society, the rule of law is the cornerstone. You cannot arbitrarily arrest individuals without proper charges and court proceedings,” Matazu asserted. “That is why we have mobilized our members nationwide to voice our concerns here.”

The protesters called on Nigerian security agencies to immediately release Bello Bodejo without conditions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court had scheduled a hearing for Bodejo’s motion seeking his unconditional release from the custody of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) for March 5.

On February 22, Justice Ekwo had given the Federal Government seven days to file charges against Bodejo. This directive followed the expiration of a previous order granting the Attorney-General’s office permission to detain Bodejo for 15 days pending the conclusion of investigations.

The Federal Government, in a motion ex-parte filed on February 5, sought an order to detain Bodejo in the custody of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) until the completion of investigations and his arraignment in court.

According to an affidavit by Noma Wando, a litigation officer in the Ministry of Justice, Bodejo was arrested on January 23 in Nasarawa State for allegedly forming an armed militia, which posed a threat to national security under the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition Act, 2022).

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