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Police Arraign Man For Alleged Suicide Attempt In Abuja

The police yesterday arraigned Iliyasu Lawal, 28, Nura Iliyasu, 29, and Idris Suleiman 28, in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for allegedly trespassing the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Correspondent reports that the trio, who are residents of Kaduna State, were accused of attempts to commit suicide inside the presidential villa.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Augustine Urom, said Lawal, on September 12, allegedly climbed an MTN telecommunication mast within the presidential villa to commit suicide while the others watched.

Urom told the court that the Department of State Services (DSS) had transferred the defendants to the FCT Police Command on September 18.

He added that the defendants allegedly invaded the Aso Rock Villa with placards bearing various inscriptions capable of causing a public revolt against the Federal Government.

Urom said the First Information Report (FIR) revealed that the defendants’ behaviour was capable of igniting uprising against a constituted authority. The prosecutor claimed the offences contravene sections 79, 348, 114, 113 and 231 of the Penal Code.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the five-count charges of joint act, criminal trespass, inciting disturbance, disturbance of public peace and attempt to commit suicide against them.

Lawal’s and Suleiman’s lawyer, Uche Uwazuruonye, filed an oral application to admit his clients to bail. Uwazuruonye said the alleged offences were bailable, adding that his clients would always be available to stand justice.

“I assure the court that the defendants would not jump bail if admitted,” he said.

Also, Iliyasu’s lawyer, Dim Udebuani, prayed the court to also grant his client bail.

He said this will give him the right atmosphere to prepare his defence. The Magistrate, Mr Muhammad Abdulmumini, admitted the three defendants to bail for N250,000 and a surety.

Abdulmumini said the sureties must be from a Grade Level 7 officer and above in the Federal Civil Service within the jurisdiction of the court.

He adjourned the matter till October 16 for hearing.

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