A Nigerian man Haruna Yahaya, who is 35-years-old was on Monday February 12, sentenced by the Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger state to 15 years imprisonment for terrorism offences after his conviction.
The Punch reports that Yahaya, whose left arm and left leg are crippled was convicted for being a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group and for participating in the abduction of at least 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno state, in 2014.
According to the report, Yahaya was reported to have played a role in the group’s attacks in Chibok and Gabsuri town in the Damboa local government of the state.
At the court session, Yahaya pleaded guilty to the two counts against him by the federal government but pleaded for mercy.
He explained that he was forcefully conscripted into the terrorist group.
But the judge said the court would not be fooled by Yahaya’s story and accused him of using the misfortune of his handicap to draw sympathy.
It was earlier reported that Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, representing the Southern Borno senatorial district, said that the people of Borno and northeast have no better way to thank President Muhammadu Buhari than to give him massive votes come 2019.
The lawmaker said the president deserves to be re-elected based on his successful negotiation that led to the release of the three UNIMAID lecturers and 10 police women abducted last year by Boko Haram at different locations in Borno state.