On Wednesday, an FCT High Court adjourned the case of the 2005 extrajudicial killings of six Apo traders until December 1st and 2nd.

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At the resumed hearing before the FCT Chief Judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, one of the defendants, Nicholas Zakaria, gave his defence.

It will be recalled that the police officers standing trial in the case are: Danjuma Ibrahim, Othman Abdulsalami, now at large; Nicholas Zakaria, Ezekiel Acheneje, Baba Emmanuel, and Sadiq Salami.

They were charged with culpable homicide for allegedly killing Ifeanyi Ozor, Chinedu Meniru, Isaac Ekene, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony Nwodike, and Augustina Arebun.

Mr. Zakaria, on the advice of his counsel, Mr Mohammed Tola, denied having anything to do with the killing of the two remaining victims.

The two victims were the surviving ones among the six who were allegedly killed later.

He also claimed that he was not allowed to use an AK47, only pistol.

During the cross-examination the Prosecuting Counsel, Mamman Usman (SAN), insisted that the fifth accused, Baba Emmanuel personally shot Mrs. Arebun. However, Mr. Zakaria insisted that he did not know and did not see Mr. Emmanuel shoot Mrs. Arebun and that junior officers like Mr. Emmanuel were not allowed to carry arms.

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