Court jails Boko Haram bomber 60 years

NEC grants states power to rehabilitate prisons

A Federal High Court sitting at the military cantonment in Kainji, Niger State, has sentenced an unrepentant Boko Haram forces commander to 60 year jail term.

The 22-year-old terrorist, Abba Umar, refused to plead for mercy, telling the judge he will return to Sambisa Forest to join other Boko Haram fighters if released.

The court ordered that he should be kept in prison until he is very old and has lost every energy, in his body.

He said his preoccupation is to wage a Holy Jihad under the Jama’atu ahli sunna li da’awatu wa Jihad (Followers of the path of the Prophet for preaching and Jihad) under the leadership of Abu Mohammed, Ibn Mohammed and Al-Shekawi and their many deputies in Nigeria.

“My occupation is Islamic warrior and commander in the Islamic Army,” he told the court.

There are so many warriors and lieutenants under me. Our mission is on the part of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH),” he said.

The terrorist was captured after his vehicle loaded with explosives failed to detonate after he rammed it into the fence of Gombe Secondary School pilot on July 7, 2014.

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