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Boko Haram commander sentenced to 60 years imprisonment

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Abbar Umar, a commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group have been sentenced to 60 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State.

According to reports, Umar who was arrested during a failed suicide attack when he was 18 said he will go back to being a terrorist if he was released.

Umar during the trail confirmed that 17 pictures tendered by the prosecution as exhibits showing him, the car and the IEDs used for the failed operation, were true and authentic.

He told the court “I married two wives in Sambisa Forest after joining the sect; I am an Islamic warrior, and I am a commander in the Islamic army”.

The judge convicted him on five counts charge and decided to impose lesser sentences after taking into consideration the age of the convict and the fact that he must have been exposed to “excessive and consistent religious indoctrination.”

The judge said, “For count 3, I sentence him to 60 years imprisonment.

“I would have been more merciful but was rather dissuaded by the convict’s insistence that he would go back to the activities which constitute danger to the society and for which he was apprehended.”

In 2014, Umar attempted to bomb Gombe Secondary School, Gombe State but however failed.

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