Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Three Boko Haram members were sentenced to 25 years in jail

Three Boko Haram members were sentenced to 25 years in jail each by Lagos Federal High Court.

The sentence was allegedly announced Tuesday, September 30, The Nation reports.

However newsmen were not permitted to cover the proceedings and the judgement, as only the prosecution and defence representatives were given access to the court room.

Thus the information was obtained from the witness, who pleaded anonymity. According to the source, the fourth defendant was acquitted.

In the end of 2013 the journalists were stopped from covering the arraignment and trial of 17 suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

The State Security Service officials explained that they had received the appropriate directive from the presidency, according to which the press was not let in.

Out of the 17 suspects two were discharged after the Attorney-General allegedly had filed a nolle prosequi (Latin for “do not prosecute”).

Two more defendants were also later discharged following another nolle prosequi by the prosecution.

The trial continued for 4 other Boko Haram suspects. They were first charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, illegal possession of firearms, and being members the sect.

The defendants were allegedly accused of committing crimes on March 21, 2013 in Lagos and possessing explosives, rifles, detonators and live ammunitions.

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