The spokesman of the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram has been sentenced at an Abuja Magistrate court. The Boko Haram spokesman was sentenced to three years in prison and is to serve the term in SSS custody.
AN Abuja Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced convicted Boko Haram spokesman Alisanda Umar Konduga to three years in jail.
He was sentenced by Chief Magistrate Oyebola Oyewumi after pleading guilty to the charge slammed against him by the State Security Service (SSS).
Konduga, alias Usman Al-Zawahiri, was arraigned with Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume on a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and anonymous calls.
Ndume is to face a separate four-count charge at the Federal High Court, following the withdrawal of the charge against him at the Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The new charge was filed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke (SAN).
Konduga was accused of disclosing classified information to unauthorized persons between September 15 and November 3 in Maiduguri, Borno state and in Abuja.
The alleged offence is contrary to Section 398 of the Penal Code.
Pleading for leniency, Konduga, who spoke through an interpreter said if pardoned, he would be ready to give information on the activities of the Boko Haram to security agencies.
The Judge said the offences against him carry a maximum of seven years imprisonment.
Considering the nature of the offence and the porous state of prisons in the country, Prosecutor, Cliff Osagie made an oral request that he serves the prison term in the custody of the SSS.
The request was granted.
Source: The Nation Newspaper