Three Boko Haram members sentenced to 25 years each

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The Federal High Court in Lagos today
Tuesday September 30th sentenced 3 Boko
Haram members to 25 years imprisonment
each, The Nation reports.
However, journalists were not
allowed to cover the judgment.
Only lawyers in the prosecution
and defence teams were allowed in
court.
A source, who witnessed the
verdict, but craved anonymity
because he was not authorised to
speak on the matter, told reporters
that the fourth defendant was
acquitted.
The court, on December 3 last year, barred
journalists from covering the trial of 17
suspected members of the sect.
Justice Ibrahim Buba made the order
following an application by the Lagos State
Attorney-General and prosecuting counsel,
Mr. Ade Ipaye.
Men of the Department of Security Services
(DSS) had prevented journalists from
covering the suspects’ arraignment last
November 27.
The accused are – Ali Mohammed, Adamu
Karumi, Ibrahim Usman, Bala Haruna, Idris
Ali, Mohammed Murtala, Kadiri Mohammed,
Mustapha Daura, Abba Duguri, Sanni Adamu,
Danjuma Yahaya, Musa Audu, Mati Daura,
Farouk Haruna, Abdullahi Azeez, Ibrahim
Bukar and Zula Diani.
The Attorney-General, it was learnt, had
entered a nolle prosequi (Latin for “do not
prosecute”) in respect of two of the
defendants, who were subsequently
discharged.
Later, another 11 were also discharged in the
course of the trial following another nolle
prosequi by the prosecution.
Only four – the first to fourth defendants –
went through a full trial.
The suspects were first charged with
conspiracy to commit terrorism, illegal
possession of firearms, and being members
of a proscribed organisation.
They allegedly committed the offences on
March 21 last year, at Plot 5, Road 69, Lekki
Phase I Housing Estate, and at No. 24,
Oyegbeni St., Ijora-Oloye, Apapa-Iganmu,
Lagos.
They were alleged to have in their possession
three packets of explosive construction
pipes, 15 detonators, and 11 AK47 rifles with
30 rounds of live ammunitions.
Source: The Nation

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