BREAKING NEWS! Court sentences Boko Haram's ex-spokesperson to three-year jail

Ali Konduga

An Abuja magistrate court has sentenced to three-year jail term an ex-spokesperson of the Nigeria’s extremist Boko Haram sect blamed for scores of attacks, including the August suicide bombing of UN headquarters here, killing 23 people and injuring more than 80 others.

Chief Magistrate Oyebola Oyewumi had convicted Ali Konduga for felony on November 22 after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge against him and asked for leniency.

The magistrate however deferred sentencing to a later date because the second accused person in the case, Ali Ndume, a serving senator, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

At the November 22 hearing of the matter, the prosecutor, whose name was simply given as C. I. Osagie, had told the court that the accused persons conspired to commit felony, breach of official trust, and criminal intimidation by sending anonymous text messages to some senior public officials, including the attorney-general of the federation, contrary to Sections 79, 98 and 398 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

 


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  • Enemona

    What can’t we see in this country? Nigeria has become one big boring theatre of comedy. The charges are stupid and the sentence, hilarious! For a spokesperson of a terrorist organisation like Boko-Haram, this is all he gets?

    The prosecutor, the judges, the court and the government of Nigeria should go and hide their brainless heads in shame. It is now clear that crime pays in Nigeria, the private benefits clearly outweigh the costs unless you’re a petty criminal. Anyway, do I expects criminals in power to be capable of sentencing criminals out of it while they themselves should actually be cooling their crime-infested feet in gulag? Shame!

  • Es3

    Are we seeing the way the judiciary is frustrating the President’s efforts at fighting terrorism? What is 3 years in prisonment compared the horror he and his group have unleashed on Nigeria and Nigerians?
    Or, are they just allowing him to time to cool down and plan in prison so as to come out quickly to re-organise, re-inforce and launch deadlier attacks? The National Assembly are not willing to make the laws with teeth to bite them and judiciary is stylishly setting them free after someone will still have the mouth to abuse Jonathan for not fighting Boko Haram terrorism???!