133 Boko Haram Fighters Sentenced To “Between 20-30 Years In Jail”
As part of a series of mass trials of thousands of Boko Haram suspects, the special court for the trial of terrorism-related cases has convicted and sentenced 113 people for links with the Islamist militant group to jail for their involvement in acts of terrorism.
The convicts, who were sentenced to various jail terms, were arraigned before the special court sitting at the Wawa Military Cantonment in Kainji, Niger State, by the Federal Government.
They were charged for various offences, ranging from membership of the proscribed Boko Haram group, concealing information vital to security agencies, providing support to the sect and participating in acts of terrorism, which resulted in the death of many persons.
The judges gave them sentences of between 20 and 30 years for terror-related offences.
It was gathered that one of those convicted took part in an attack on a military barracks from where military vehicles were stolen and used to abduct more than 200 schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in 2014.
Also sentenced was Kabiru Mohammed, from Kaban-Magadan, Funtua, Katsina State. He was accused of receiving training in the use of explosives and other terror items. He was also accused of participating in a series of attacks in Bama, Konduga, and Baga in Borno State, and Damaturu in Yobe State, which led to deaths in the two states.
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 attacks on people and communities.
Meanwhile, more than 200 others have already been jailed whilst 500 were found not guilty.