Over 120 lawyers, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria, have expressed their interest in defending the 19 persons arrested in connection with the murder of a former Nigerian Army Chief of Administration, Gen. Mohammed Alkali.
The revelation came as the accused filed their bail application on Wednesday before Justice Daniel Longji of a Plateau State High Court in Jos.
Lawyer for the accused, Gyang Zi, told The Punch that the application was filed following the earlier arraignment of the accused on two counts to which they had all pleaded not guilty.
Zi said, “Over 120 lawyers want to be part of the team to defend the accused. They are yet to be granted bail, but the bail application has just been filed. The accused have pleaded not guilty to the charges.”
Alkali was said to have retired a few weeks before he was declared missing on September 3, a day after gunmen invaded Dura-Du community in Jos South Local Government Area and killed no fewer than 13 persons.
Three cars were said to have been recovered from a mining pond in Dura-Du District during a cordon and search operation by soldiers led by the Garrison Commander of 3 Armour Division, Rukuba Barracks in Jos, Brig-Gen. Umar Mohammed.