The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal by the alleged mastermind of the April 14, 2014 Nyanya bomb blast, Aminu Ogwuch to challenge a high court ruling which ordered that he should be kept the facility of the Department of State Service (DSS) pending trial.
The 2014 early morning multiple blast which occurred at a popular park in Nyanya claimed many lives with others sustained various degrees of injury.
The intermediate appellate court held that the appeal lacked merit.
Ogwuche, through his lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), had appealed the March 3, 2015 ruling by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, directing that he be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
He was arraigned with five others on an eight-count charge of terrorism related offences.
The charge, filed by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), has Ogwuche, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Mohammed Sani Ishaq, Ya’u Saidu, Anas Isah and Adamu Yusuf, as defendants.
After the arraignment on March 6, 2015, the court, following an application by the prosecution, ordered that the defendants be remanded in DSS custody pending trial.
The prosecution said the defendants could escape if kept in prison custody.
Dissatisfied, Ogwuche appealed, arguing among others, that Section 27 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2013, relied on by the court to order his detention in an agency of the prosecution, is inconsistent with Section 35(4) and (7) of the Constitution.
But the Court, in a June 5 judgment, dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.