Over 800 terrorist cases were tried yesterday at the Special Court court, sitting in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State. One of which is the case of Yahaya, who was found guilty of terrorism offenses.
Despite his being crippled in the arm and leg, the culprit was found guilty of being a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group and was said to have participated in the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.
Yahaya earlier pleaded guilty to the two-count charge made against him by the Federal Government. However, he claimed he was forcefully conscripted into the terrorist group.
The court remained grounded on its decision and refused to budge despite Yahaya’s remorseful countenance. It pointed out that he was using his disability as a tool to elicit pity from people.
The court held that the 15-year sentence passed on the convict who had been in detention since 2015 would commence counting from the day the judgement was delivered.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) had, on October 9, 2017, began the prosecution of over 2,000 suspected members of Boko Haram.