9 July 2013

Nigeria: Four Boko Haram Members Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Over Suleja, Nasarawa Bombings

An Abuja Court on Tuesday sentenced four Boko Haram terrorists to life imprisonment. The court found the four men guilty of involvement in the Suleja and Nasarawa bombings that led to the death of many people.

Violence by the group, which had only religious interest in the past, is traceable to the five days of clashes in July 2009 between the group and members of the security forces in Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, and Kano states that left more than 800 people dead, including at least 30 police officers.

The police summarily executed the captured Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, along with several dozens of his followers in front of the police headquarters in Maiduguri.

Dozens of its members were also arrested.

The group later became excessively violent taking hostages, attacking security installations, churches, public buildings, mosques and killing innocent Nigerians. Hundreds, if not thousands, have been killed in the insurgency.

Boko Haram frequently said its attacks on the government, especially the police, are in revenge for these killings and an attempt to set free members incarcerated by the police. But many have wondered whether that is enough justification for murdering innocent Nigerians and foreigners in the country.

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