The Federal High Court in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State, on Tuesday sentenced a commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abba Umar, to 60 years imprisonment for various acts of terrorism.
Umar was arraigned by the government on a five-count charge.
During court session on Tuesday, Umar who was arrested after a failed suicide mission in Gombe in 2014, confirmed that the pictures presented by the prosecution as exhibits showing him and the IEDs used for the failed operation, were authentic.
The commander, who did not show remorse, told the court that if he was ever released he would continue acts of terrorism in Sambisa forest.
Two of the five counts preferred against him attracted death penalty but the judge said he decided to impose lesser sentences after taking into consideration the age of the convict and the fact that he must have been exposed to “excessive and consistent religious indoctrination” which made him to be easily pliable.
“For count 3, I sentence him to 60 years imprisonment,” the judge ruled.
“I would have been more merciful but was rather dissuaded by the convict’s insistence that he would back the activities which constitute danger to the society and for which he was apprehended.”