Nigeria: Abductor of Chibok Girls Gets 15-Year Jail Term
- February 13, 2018
Nigerian Federal High Court has sentenced one of the abductors of Chibok school girls to 15 years in prison.
The jailed person was among 20 Boko Haram terrorists who were jailed to serve various prison terms. Haruna Yahaya, 35, a physically challenged person, was found guilty of taking part in the abduction of over 200 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State in April, 2014.
The closed trial is taking place at Wawa Catonment, Kainji, Niger State. Yahaya, a former trader from Potiskum, Yobe State northeast Nigeria had pleaded for mercy claiming he was conscripted into the terrorist group.
Defence counsel, Matthew Egege asked the court to discharge Yahaya, pleading that his testimony is pathetic arguing that as a conscript he could have been killed if he had refused the sect’s orders.
The judge said he could not use his physical condition to win sympathy, adding that he had a choice not to participate in the Boko Haram activities even though he was forced. He was charged under the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 while court ruled that Haruna Yahaya will serve the term in any prison facility, to be determined by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service.
The other 19 convicts were sentenced to between three and five years from date of their arrest.