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Madalla bombing: Kabiru Sokoto jailed for life

The trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, held that the court finds as a fact, the statement that the accused person was a mastermind of the…

The trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, held that the court finds as a fact, the statement that the accused person was a mastermind of the 2011 Christmas day bombing where 44 persons were killed and 75 others  wounded, adding that the accused person did not controvert the evidence brought against him.
Delivering the judgment, he held that the court agreed with the prosecution that the case against the accused person have been proved beyond reasonable doubt, adding that the two statements of the accused person was admitted in evidence without opposition from the defense counsel.
The court held that “the accused person, Kabiru Umaru, a.k.a Kabiru Sokoto, member of an illegal terrorist group, Boko Haram, did facilitate terrorist attack in Mabira, Sokoto state and on other government agencies and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 15(2) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Act.
“You are also guilty of having a prior knowledge of the bombing of the Madalla Catholic Church and failed to disclose same any of the security agents, thereby committing an offence and punishable under Section 71 of the Terrorism   Prevention  Act 2011.
“The first charge attracts a life imprisonment while the second charge attracts 10 years imprisonment. The court takes cognizance that the attack on Madalla Catholic Church was a Christmas day which is celebrated by everybody irrespective of the tribe and religion, such act is barbaric and devilish.
“The accused person is accordingly sentence to life imprisonment on the first count and 10 years on the second count and it should run concurrently”.

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