Christmas day bomber, Kabiru Sokoto gets life sentence

Kabiru Sokoto
Kabiru Sokoto

A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced Kabir Umar, alias “Kabiru Sokoto’’ to life in prison for the bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who gave the sentence on Friday, found Umar guilty on the two-count charge against him.

He said “the prosecution has proved their case beyond reasonable doubt in the two-count charge. Umar is guilty as charged.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the judge held that the convict belonged to an illegal organisation, Boko Haram, and facilitated terrorist acts intended to bomb the Police Headquarters in Sokoto State.

He also held that Umar had information about the planning and bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, on December 25, 2011 but failed to disclose such to security agencies.

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The first charge is punishable with life imprisonment under Section 15(2) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act 2004, and the second charge attracted 10 years imprisonment under Section 7(1) under Terrorism Act, 2011.

The judge described the convict as a “pathological liar’’ who did not “show remorse’’ throughout the trial, saying “the convict has no respect for truth.’’

He commended the prosecution counsel for a job well done, as well as the Department of State Service (DSS) for the diligence in investigating the matter and bringing the trial to a conclusion.

The judge, however, noted that the police had not been able to investigate the circumstance that brought Umar to the Borno Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, where he was arrested on January 14, 2012.

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He urged them to investigate the matter with a view to bringing to justice whoever was involved in helping Umar to hide in the lodge, no matter how highly placed.


One Response to "Christmas day bomber, Kabiru Sokoto gets life sentence"

  1. Ojo Abiola
    Ojo Abiola   December 21, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Now justice av prevail, kabiru sokoto fighting 4 no reason, they av to specific aim just to waste and innocent lives, they are noting but animal dey are not meant to live among d people. If i am d judge i would av given him death sentence becos they are cold bloded killers. If our laws can be harsh on these terrorist maybe dey would av lay down their harms. I praise d judge 4 good job done, he shuld keep it up.


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