Lagos Court of Appeal on Friday affirmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos convicting and sentencing three Boko Haram members, to 25-years jail term each. Those convicted and sentenced are Ali Mohammed Modu, Adamu Ali Karumi and Ibrahim Usman Ali.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on September 30, 2014, handed down the verdict after the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Justice, successfully prosecuted the terrorists before the court.
The Appeal Court, in a judgment delivered by Justice Y.B Nimpar, rejected the appeal filed by the convicts and upheld the judgment of the lower court.
The state government had filed charges against four accused persons for conspiracy to commit a felony to wit: acts of terrorism, concealing information about acts of terrorism and having possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition contrary to various sections of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2013 and the Firearms Act, Cap F.28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Out of the four persons charged, three were sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each, while the fourth accused was discharged and acquitted.
The convicts, dissatisfied with the verdict had approached the Appeal Court in Lagos through their lawyer, asking that the verdict be upturned on the grounds that they were charged under inapplicable laws, and that the 25-years jail term were excessive.
One of the convicts, Ibrahim Usman Ali, had specifically argued that he was inadvertently convicted and sentenced for a count with which he was not charged.
While the Court of Appeal agreed that one of the convicts was wrongly convicted under a count with which he was not charged, it however affirmed the judgment of Justice Buba which convicted and sentenced the three terrorists to 25-years jail term each.
The state initially charged 17 suspects to court but they were later reduced to four following the withdrawal of the case against 13 suspects. They were arraigned before Justice Buba on 18 counts of conspiracy to commit terrorism, illegal possession of firearms, and being members of a proscribed organisation.
The initial 17 suspects were: Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi, Ibrahim Usman, Bala Haruna, Idris Ali, Mohammed Murtala, Kadiri Mohammed, Mustapha Daura, Abba Duguri, Sanni Adamu, Danjuma Yahaya, Musa Audu, Mati Daura, Farouk Haruna, Abdullahi Azeez, Ibrahim Bukar and Zula Diani.