Chibok Girls Abductor Jailed For 15 Years
The Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State, has sentenced 35-year-old Haruna Yahaya, a participant in the Chibok girls abduction to 15 years in jail over terrorism offenses.
Yahya was charged to court for his participation in the kidnap of over 200 girls from Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State and Gabsuri town in the Damboa Local Government of the state in 2014. He was also charged with being a member of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The convict who already has his left arm and left leg crippled, on Monday pleaded guilty to the two counts preferred against him by the Federal Government. He, however, pleaded for mercy, laying claim to having been forcefully conscripted into the terrorist group.
However, the judge who sat in one of the four special courts established by the Federal High Court to fast track the trial of over 1,000 suspects stated that the court refuses to be fooled by the convict’s story.
The judge disclosed that the convict was “using the misfortune of his handicap to draw sympathy” and therefore, ruled that the 15 years sentence been passed on the convict who had been in detention since 2015 would commence counting from Monday.