Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Day Bombing Mastermind Kabiru Sokoto Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

The alleged mastermind of the Christmas day bomb blast that killed
about 44 persons and wounded 75 others at St. Theresa's Catholic
Church, Madalla, Niger State, in 2011, Kabiru Umar, a.k.a Kabiru
Sokoto has been found guilty of the crime of terrorism and murder by a
Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The court also found Kabiru Sokoto guilty of planning to bomb the
Police Headquarters in Sokoto State.
Aside the allegation that he trained over 500 men on how to
manufacture and detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the
Federal Government said that he had prior knowledge that the sect
planned to bomb the church on Christmas day but failed to disclose it
to any law enforcement officer as soon as reasonably practicable.
He was said to have between 2007 and 2012, at Mabira Sokoto, Sokoto
State, facilitated the commission of terrorist acts, including
planting bombs at Police Headquarters and some government
organisations in the state.
Though he was previously arrested by the Police in Abuja on January
14, 2012, he was, however, declared missing two days later.
Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the court sentenced Kabiru Umar to life imprisonment.
Counsel to Kabiru Sokoto, Sherif Okoh has however expressed
reservations over the court ruling.
"Most of the statements that he (presiding judge) called confessional,
we intend to go to the Court of Appeal and sort those things out,
given the fact that our arguments on law were very clear with respect
to those documents.
"For instance, the witnesses that were vital, especially the one that
he (the judge) referred to as Kabiru Sokoto's boy, did not for one day
appear before this honourable court. Then the statement was dated the
19th day of November 2011, whereas he was arrested on the 20th day of
November 2011. That means even before he was arrested, the statement
was there waiting for him," , Sherif told Channels Television after
the judgment.
He also alleged that signatures were forged in some of the documents
provided in court, which indicted his client, Kabiru Sokoto.

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