A’Court Affirms 25 Years Imprisonment For Boko Haram Convicts

[caption id="attachment_8108" align="alignnone" width="640"]Boko haram convicts surrounded by the Multinational Joint Task Force[/caption]

The Court of Appeal in Lagos has affirmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos, sentencing three members of terror group Boko Haram, to 25 years imprisonment each.

The lower court judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, had on September 30, 2015, ruled that the convicts serve a jail term of 25 years each.

The convicts however, displeased by the verdict, approached the higher court to appeal the case.

But a judgment delivered by Justice Y.B Nimpar, over the weekend, rejected the appeal filed by the convicts and upheld the judgment of the lower court.

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice, which charged them to court and secured their convictions, said in a statement by its Public Relations Officers, Mrs. Bola Akingbade, that their appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal for lacking in merit.

The convicts are Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi and Ibrahim Usman.

They were arraigned in November 2013 along with 14 others before Justice Buba, who found them guilty in September 2014 and sentenced them to a prison term of 25 years each.

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Mohammed, Karumi and Usman were arraigned on eight counts in November 2013 before Justice Buba along with 14 other suspected Boko Haram members.

They were said to have been caught in possession of three packets of explosive construction pipes, 15 detonators, and 11 AK47 rifles with 30 rounds of live ammunition.

The other items said to be found in their possession were 200 rounds of 7.6 millimeters live ammunition, two suitcases containing explosives, and a water container filled with explosives.

According to the prosecution, the convicts violated Sections 13(2) and 17(b) of the Terrorism Act 2013.

They were also pronounced guilty of violating Sections 1, 8, 27 (1) (a) and (b) of the Firearms (special provisions) Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

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