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Plateau State: Court Revokes Bail Granted Organ Harvesting Suspect

A magistrate’s court sitting in Jos Metropolitan Development Board, Plateau State, made a ‘U’ turn and revoked the bail granted to Noah Kekere, a quack doctor and alleged organ harvester accused of harvesting the kidneys of his patience

ioinews reports that the revocation followed public outcries against the Nigeria Police Force, the Plateau State Ministry of Justice and the Nasarawa Gwong community who had alleged complicity in granting the accused bail.

On Tuesday, Chief Magistrate Joseph Chollom heard Mr Kekere’s bail application and granted it. Barely 48 hours after, the Plateau State Police Command rearrested Mr. Kekere and arraigned him before the chief magistrate. By Thursday, after proceedings, the judge ordered that Mr. Kekere be remanded in custody.

Recall that the suspect was arrested on the 19th of September, 2023, after a female patient who was at his clinic for treatment, later developed multiple complications and was later diagnosed to be missing a kidney

After police investigation, it was discovered that the suspect, Mr Kekere, had actually removed the woman’s kidney. 6 persons have also accused the Dr. over their missing kidney.

The Nigeria medical association, Jos chapter have disowned the suspect, claiming that the said Dr. is not their member. Meanwhile, some of the victims of alleged organ harvesting and members of Yan’shanu Community in Jos have written a petition to the chief judge of the state, accusing the magistrate of “short-circuiting the wheels of justice and desecrating the court”

The petition signed by Buhari I. Shehu, expressed their dismay with the way justice Chollom handled the case. They frowned at his speedy release from detention, even when the case is a delicate matter which involves human lives

“It is our brief that neither the police nor the Ministry of Justice were put on notice of the application for bail of the suspects and that the application was not listed on the court cause list when the bail application was granted,” the petition read in part.

The petitioners, therefore, urged the chief judge to take all necessary steps at ensuring that the accused do not evade justice. Mr Shehu stressed that Mr Chollom’s failure to abide by the rules of the court was a threat to justice system.

“His failure to act with circumspection is threatening the sanctity with which the judiciary is associated,” the petitioners told the CJ.

In a twist, the police and the ministry of justice in the state has denied knowledge of the bail granted to the suspect.

SOURCE: Thisday

IMAGE: This day

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