Monday, 9 May 2016

News-Three Boko Haram terrorists sentenced in Lagos

Three Boko Haram terrorists
sentenced in Lagos


– Three more Boko Haram terrorists have
been brought to justice
– The Islamic militants had their 25-year
sentences upheld by the Court of Appeal in
Lagos
 – Boko Haram has suffered a series of
setbacks in recent months with more of its
members arrested
The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday
affirmed the judgment of a Federal High
Court in Lagos convicting and sentencing
three members of dreaded terror group,
Boko Haram to 25 years imprisonment each.
According to the Premium Times the Appeal
Court, in a judgment delivered by Justice
Y.B Nimpar, rejected the appeal filed by the
convicts and upheld the judgment of the
court below.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High
Court in Lagos, originally handed down the
verdict on September 30, 2014 after the
Lagos State Government, through the
Ministry of Justice, successfully prosecuted
the terrorists before the court.
Hundreds of Boko Hara terrorists have been
rounded up recently
The State Government had filed charges
against four accused persons for conspiracy
to commit a felony to wit: acts of terrorism,
concealing information about acts of
terrorism and having possession of
prohibited firearms and ammunition contrary
to various sections of the Terrorism
Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2013 and the
Firearms Act, Cap F.28 Laws of the
Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Out of the four persons charged, three were
sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each,
while the fourth accused was discharged
and acquitted.
Those convicted and sentenced are Ali
Mohammed Modu, Adamu Ali Karumi, and
Ibrahim Usman Ali.
Dissatisfied with the verdict, had approached
the Appeal Court in Lagos asking that the
verdict be upturned on the grounds that they
were charged under inapplicable laws, and
that the 25 years terms of imprisonment
were excessive.
One of the convicts, Ibrahim Usman Ali, had
specifically argued that he was inadvertently
convicted and sentenced for a count with
which he was not charged.
While the Court of Appeal agreed that one of
the convicts was wrongly convicted under a
count with which he was not charged, the
Court however affirmed the judgment of
Justice Buba, which convicted and
sentenced the three terrorists to 25 years
imprisonment each.