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Four suspected murderers test positive for COVID-19 in Bauchi

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Four among five suspects who are facing trial for allegedly killing a staff security guard at New Trafford Hotel and Suite in Gwallameji area of Bauchi have tested positive for Covid-19 and therefore has stalled their trial at the Magistrate Court, Yelwa yesterday.

The Magistrate, Safiya Salihu, announced this at the time of trying the five suspects–including the owner of the Hotel, Innocent Ejeh. He read the development from a letter sent by the Bauchi Correctional Centre dated June 11th, 2020, said that the four accused were confirmed positive for coronavirus by the National Center for Disease Control in Bauchi State.

The Hotel MD and four other accused persons, Abdul-Rasheed Shuaibu, Jacob Joshua, Joshua Ibrahim and Timothy Yunusa had been held for allegedly killing the security guard, Sunday Joshua on May 25th, 2020 at the New Trafford Hotel and Suites, Gwallameji, Bauchi.

Joshua was accused of stealing a mobile phone an allegation he denied but in the process of trying to extract confession from him, he was allegedly tortured by some of his colleagues which led to his death. The First Information Report (FIR) presented before the Court said, the case is between the Commissioner of Police versus Innocent Ejeh and four others who are standing trial for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide in accordance with sections 96 and 221 of the Penal Code laws.

The Prosecution Police Officer, Sergeant Ayuba told the court that the accused persons could not be in court due to the reasons stated in the letter from the Correctional center in Bauchi and pleaded for an adjustment.

He further told the court that during the sitting of the court on 5th and 8th of June, the accused persons were ordered to be remanded in Correctional Centre custody. The trial Chief Judge who read the letter from the Bauchi Correctional Center which was dated 11th June, 2020, adjourned the case to 14th of July, 2020, for further mentioning and arraignment.

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