…As Chibok abductor gets 15 years jail term
The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been commended for ensuring that the ongoing trial of suspected Boko Haram insurgents held at the Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Military Cantonment, New Bussa, Niger State on Monday meets high global standard.
The proceedings has been rated high, especially the use of quality legal representations and professionalism exhibited at the trial.
Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in a statement on Tuesday made available to newsmen disclosed that also given pass mark is the standard detention facility in which the detainees are kept and the condition in which they live.
Isah said, the Federal High Court equally pledged to attend to the cases without comprise of procedures and rule of law as the second phase of prosecution of over 1, 000 Boko Haram suspects got underway on Monday.
This is just as the Federal High Court sentenced one Boko Haram member, Haruna Yahaya, aged 35, to 15 years imprisonment for his role in the abduction of Chibok girls in 2014.
Speaking at the venue, the Director, Criminal Litigation, Institute for Advanced Legal Aid, Tunde Ikusagba commended the high profile lawyers in the prosecution.
He noted that the trial of the suspects meet with international standards.
On his part, the Director Legal in the Defence Headquarters, AVM Ibrahim Shafi’i in his assessment affirmed that the detainees are in good condition while commending that the standard detention facilities in the barracks.
The sentenced suspected insurgent Yahaya, who claimed to be a trader from Potiskum, Yobe State, but resident in Damboa LGA, Borno State, confessed in his statement that he was forced to join the Boko Haram group and had participated in the attack on the Chibok secondary school girls.
He equally confessed to have lost count of the number of people he killed in the many attacks he participated despite being physically challenged.
Yahaya further narrated how he was trained to handle AK 47 rifle, confessing that his criminal activities spanned from 2015 to 2017 before he was nabbed.
He was subsequently convicted and a 15 years imprisonment slammed on him for participating in the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls.
The judge held that he cannot use his physically challenged condition to attract sympathy from the court.
The court then ordered that he will serve the sentence in any prison chosen by the Comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons Service.
He is part of the 20 persons convicted at the resumed hearing of the cases.
Earlier, defence counsel Matthew Egege pleaded with the court to release the defendant, explaining that he was forced to join the sect and would have been killed if he did not.
The suspect narrated that when they got to the secondary school in Chibok where the students were preparing for the WAEC examination, as the sect members began their operation, one of the girls named Mariama pleaded with him to help her but he explained to her that he himself have been forced to join.
The prosecution of the first phase was carried out last year at the same venue.