Court sentences Boko Haram’s ThisDay bomber to life imprisonment

ThisDay bomber, Umar Mustapha ... Photo: Courtesy PM News via google

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday sentenced ThisDay bomber, Umar Mustapha, to life imprisonment with hard labour.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola says Mr. Mustapha should spend the rest of his life in jail for bombing the office of ThisDay newspaper in Kaduna using 12 camp gas cylinders in April last year.

Mr. Umar had written confessional statements accepting responsibility for the bombing; but later told the court he wrote the statements under duress.

The court had on October 21 reserved judgement in the case.

The offices of Moment and Sun Newspapers were also affected during the attack, which left about 10 persons dead.

At the October 21 hearing of the case, Shuaibu Mogaji, the prosecution counsel, told the court that that considering the evidence before it, it was evident that Mr. Umar was responsible for the attack.

According to Mr. Mogaji, the video clips showed in court revealed the accused as the perpetrator of the act.

However, defence counsel, Suleiman Nureni, argued that Mr. Umar was innocent, explaining that he was just passing by the complex where the newspapers office was located before he was arrested alongside 10 others.

Mr. Nureni said while the others arrested were subsequently released, the accused was charged to court. He, therefore, prayed the court to discharge Mr Umar.

Mr. Mogaji expressed shock at the submission of the defence counsel, insisting that there was huge evidence against the accused and asked the court to disregard his (Nureni’s) prayer.

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Justice Adeniyi, however ruled Friday  that Mr. Mustapha was guilty as charged and threw him to jail for life.

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