Chibok girls’ abductor bags 15 years jail sentence

Chibok girls’ abductor bags 15 years jail sentence

Ebun Francis || Haruna Yahaya, a 35-year-old physically challenged man was on Monday sentenced to fifteen years in prison for terrorism offences by a Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State.

Yahaya, whose left arm and left leg are crippled, was convicted for being a member of the proscribed Boko Haram terrorist group and participating in the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

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The prosecution alleged that he participated in the group’s attacks in Chibok, Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State and Gabsuri town in the Damboa Local Government of the state.

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He pleaded guilty to the two counts preferred against him by the Federal Government but pleaded for mercy, saying he was forcefully conscripted into the terrorist group.

In convicting the accused, the trial Judge said the court was “not fooled” by Yahaya’s story.

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The court noted the convict was “using the misfortune of his handicap to draw sympathy”.

The judge, therefore, ruled that the 15 years sentence passed on the convict is to commence immediately.

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