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Court denies alleged terrorist negotiator, Tukur Mamu, bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an application for bail filed by detained alleged terrorists negotiator, Tukur Mohammed Mamu.

In a ruling today, Justice Inyang Ekwo, held among others that the application was without merit and that the applicant failed to provide sufficient materials to move the court to exercise its description in his favour.

Justice Ekwo noted that the defendant failed to rebut the prosecution’s claim that there was a likelihood of him committing more offences.

He added: “Generally, the law is that where averments in a counter affidavit are not countered, they are accepted to be true and correct and they require no further elaboration. This is because facts admitted need no further proof,” he said.

The judge held that although the defendant claimed the State Security Service (SSS), where he was being kept, could not address his health challenges, the court would have to consider other issues before taking a decision.

Justice Ekwo said: “Again, the court will weigh the evidence to see whether the custodians allow the applicant requisite access to medical treatment peculiar to his medical condition.

“The court will also take into account the attitude of the defendant/applicant to the medical facility provided to him by his custodian.

“Where there is a medical facility by the custodian of the defendant which can adequately take care of the medical condition of the defendant, then the application for bail on medical ground will not be countenanced by the court,” he said.

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