The special courts put together to try terrorism related cases sitting at the Wawa Military Cantonment in Kainji, Niger State, has sentenced 113 Boko Haram members to jail for terrorism.
The terrorists, who got various jail terms were arraigned by the gederal government on various charges ranging from membership of the proscribed Boko Haram group, concealing information vital to security agencies, providing support to the sect, participating in acts of terrorism which resulted in the deaths of many persons and murder.
Those sentenced include one Kabiru Mohammed from Kaban-Magadan, in Funtua, Katsina State.
He was accused of receiving training in the use of explosive and other terrorism items. He was also accused of participating in series of attacks in Bama, Kunduga, Baga in Borno State and Damaturu in Yobe State which resulted in the death many Nigerians.
According to him, he joined the sect in 2013 and rose to become a leader. He was said to have led others in carrying out attacks as well as instructing them to carry out attack on people and communities.
Mohammed, who disclosed that he voluntarily joined Boko Haram, said, at some point he became tired of the kind of life he was living and threw away his gun and ran to Katsina State, his home town.He was arrested in 2015 at a motor park in Katsina. He pleaded guilty to all the 7 count charge and was consequently sentenced to 30yrs imprisonment with hard labour on each of the counts, which are to run concurrently from the day of his arrest. Another terrorist, Adamu Mohammed, 22-year-old from Gombe State, was charged with the murder of six people as well as throwing a bomb at a market place. While he admitted to killing 6 persons through the use of a short gun, he however claimed he threw the bomb in a river and not in a market place.
He was sentenced to 25 full calendar years with hard labour in a maximum prison and without an option of fine. Banzana Yusuf, from Kano State, on his part bagged 20yrs for his role in the planning and kidnapping of the Chibok School girls in 2014. So also is 25-year-old Shetima Modu, arraigned on a 4 count charge of engaging in terrorism activities. He admitted participating in attacks on a church in Mala village as well as another attack in Gonuri village where 7 people were killed. One Sabo Kyari Mohammed, who was described by the Department of State Service (DSS) as a “strong member of Boko Haram”, however bagged a jail term of 5 full calendar years. Part of his charge include providing surveillance for the group and participating in the attack known as “ operation point and kill” in his village, Musau in Borno State.
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