A Makurdi Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday ordered a 24-year old man, Mohammed Isah, to be remanded in custody of the State Security Service after allegedly confessing to membership of Boko Haram.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the accused was originally arraigned at the court for a charge of theft.
During the trial, the accused confessed to being a member of the sect.
The Magistrate, Theresa Shija, said that the accused should be remanded pending the outcome of an investigation.
She said, “This order is made in the overall interest of justice to ensure that the accused does not commit any other offence, so that he is not used by anyone to commit any offence and does not escape from justice until the investigation is completed.”
The prosecutor, Mr Collins Terfa, also told the court that “Isah said he was in Benue for no specific reasons but in transit to Bayelsa state”.
Terfa alleged that one Emmanuel Uchenna reported the matter, adding that that the accused person went to his (Emmanuel) shop and stole a carton of biscuit.
The prosecution said that the offence contravened the Penal Code.
The accused, however, denied the allegation, saying that though he was hungry, he did not steal anything from the shop.
Shija adjourned the case till April 30.
Meanwhile, Benue State Police Command said on Wednesday it had found the corpse of a police officer allegedly killed by some villagers in Naka, Gwer Local Government Area of the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ezeala, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi that Sgt. Muktari Ibrahim was allegedly shot dead by some villagers near Naka on March 23.
Ezeala said the corpse was found on Wednesday at a bush at Naka by a police search party.