By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja
The scheduled arraignment by the federal government of alleged kidnappers of Turkish International School children has been stalled due to the absence of an interpreter.
The accused persons were charged on a five count-charge of acts of terrorism punishable by life imprisonment under the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013.
When they were called to take their plea, the defendants who do not have any lawyer to defend them, informed the trial judge, Justice John Tsoho, that they did not understand or speak English Language fluently.
The prosecution counsel, Mr. Aminu Aliyu’s efforts to provide an interpreter proved abortive.
Consequently, Justice Tsoho, adjourned the case to the 21st June to enable the court arrange for an interpreter who will interpret to the defendant in pidgin language as pidgin is not a language of the court.
The suspects in the case with charge no. FHC/ABJ/CR/85/2017 is Bekewei Agbojule (a.k.a Asari), Egbasimokumo Ayeomi (a.k.a Effiong), Godspower Olopele, Toki Okuba and Super Allen Baye (a.k.a Yanga) as defendants.
Agbojule, Ayeomi and Baye were said to be from Ijaw community of Arogbo town, in the riverine area of Ondo State, while Olopele and Okuba were said to be residents of Ikorodu, Lagos State and Isheri in Ogun State, respectively.