Extra Judicial killing: Judge’s Absence in Court Stalls Hearing


From Yakubu Busari,Jos



A High Court of Justice in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Thursday adjourned hearing in a suit (No PLD/JII79C/1920) on the killing of a 300 Level Student of University of Jos, Rinji Peter Bala, to February 2 and 18, 2021, on health grounds.

The hearing is being presided over by Justice David .G. Mann, who was absent on Thursday 21st January, 2021 when the matter was scheduled to come up for continuation of hearing.

Some time last year, Sqt Ruya Auta, a personnel attached to the Military Special Task Force (STF), in the state allegedly killed the student in May ,2020

Speaking to our correspondent at the state High Court premises on Thursday, counsel to the plaintiff ,Barr. Garba Pwol SAN,represented by Nantok Dashuwar, said they were granted fiat by the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Christantus Ahmadu who issue out an expeditious hearing in the case to be handle by G.S.Pwoll, pro-bono .

However, Pwoll said the adjournment was due to ill health of the sitting judge ,Justice David Mann.

He said; “You would recalled that the matter first came up for mentioned on the 9th October, 2020 where Sqt Ruya Auta was arraigned before Justice David Mann on two- count charge of murdered of late Rinji Peter Bala, a university undergraduate in Plateau state”.

Its was gathered that the late Rinji Peter Bala was arrested around Utonko road in Hwolshe ,Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state and was taken to Zaria stadium were he was allegedly killed   by the suspect, Sqt Ruya Auta .