The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that seven suspected Boko Haram leaders, who were allegedly involved in the kidnaping and murdering of 11 foreign nationals between 2011 and 2013 in the North be remanded at Kuje Prison pending their trial in the criminal charges brought against them by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government filed an 11-count charge against the seven suspected leaders of the Boko Haram sect, to which they all pleaded not guilty when read out to them in the court.
The suspects, who were arraigned yesterday before Justice John Tsoho are Mohammed Usman (aka Khalid Albarnawi), described as the leader of a Boko Haram splinter group, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (a.k.a ANSARU); Mohammed Bashir Saleh, Umar Bello (aka Abu Azzan); Mohammed Salisu (Datti); Yakubu Nuhu (aka Bello Maishayi), Usman Abubakar (Mugiratu) and a lady, Halima Aliyu.
The defendants, said to be leaders of Boko Haram before establishing their own faction, are charged with conspiracy, hostage taking, supporting a terrorist group, membership of a terrorist group, illegal possession of firearms and concealing information on terrorism.
They are charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011, as amended in 2013, and punishable under same