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THE COMET (Jul 25, 2003)

By Emmanuel Oladesu

THE camp of those rooting for the release of former Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi and others standing trial for the attempted murder of The Guardian newspapers Publisher Mr. Alex Ibru has swollen when the Global Peace Movement, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) said the suspects should be allowed to go home on bail.

Bamaiyi and three others, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to the late General Sani Abacha, Mr James Danbaba, former Lagos State Police Commissioner and Alhaji Lateef Sofolahan, who are standing trial over an attempted murder of Ibru, a former Internal Affairs Minister.

Lending its voice to the call by prominent Northern Nigerians for the release of the suspects at a press briefing in Lagos, the organisation said the court must take a cue from the bail granted the impeached Osun State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who is also standing trial for the murder of Justice Minister the late Chief Bola Ige.

The group's Director of External Affairs, Dr. Gabriel Evbuoma urged the judicial system to avoid double standard, adding; "the stream that flows to Chief Omisore's bucket must also flow into Gen. Bamaiyi's cup of tea."

Evbuoma also expressed dismay over the alleged "flagrant abuse" of Bamaiyi's fundamental human rights, claiming that security officers and prison authorities have reduced his visitors to five per day.

Justifying its call for the release of the suspects from detention after four years, the movement recalled that the former Chief of Army Staff indeed contributed in no small measure in ensuring that soldiers returned to the barracks.

"Should General Bamaiyi's reward for so doing result to his imprisonment for some trump-up charges? Certainly not. We therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release of Gen. Bamaiyi from prison.

"He can be tried but he deserves to be tried and at tend court proceedings from the comfort of h is home," Evbuoma said.

The organisation also accused the former Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) of double standard, saying: "Whereas Chief Omisore's case was investigated by the Police, a special investigation panel was set up for the purpose of investigating the offences alleged against General Bamaiyi."

Flaying the posture of the presiding judge in the quartert's trial, Evbuoma alleged that the jurist apparently bore grudges against the accused.

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