17 February 2014

Nigeria: ThisDay Bomber Appeals Life Sentence

A member of the Boko Haram who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Abuja, Umar Mustapha has appealed the court verdict.

In a notice of appeal filed last week by his counsel Nureni Suleiman, Umar wants the Appeal Court to void his sentence based on six grounds wherein he described the evidence of the witnesses as contradictory and unreliable.

The trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola had on November 15, 2013, found Umar guilty in the bombing of SOJ Plaza on Kontagora Road, Kaduna jointly occupied by Thisday, The Sun and The Moment newspapers on April 26, 2012.

In the single count charge of terrorism by the federal government, Umar was said to have rammed a bomb-laden Honda Academy car with registration number AL 306 MKA into the premises. Three persons were killed while several others were injured in the incidence.

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