A US Federal Appeal Court has upheld the life sentence on Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man who tried to set off an explosive while aboard a US airliner in 2009.
The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeal rejected arguments by the man known as the underwear bomber that the sentence was cruel and US District Judge, Nancy Edmunds, had erred by letting him represent himself at trial despite doubts about his competency.
Mr. Abdulmutallab challenged the sentence despite having pleaded guilty in October 2011, a day after his trial began.
He called his attempted bombing at the time a part of his “religious duty” to participate in a Jihad against the United States to avenge attacks on Muslims.
Writing for a three-judge panel, Circuit Judge, David Mckeague, said that a life sentence was appropriate, given the nature of the crime, and the defendant, having committed an act of terrorism, “communicated a desire” to undertake more.
The Circuit Judge had found no reason to question Abdulmutallab’s competence, and said that statements were admissible under a public safety exception to the warning against self-incrimination.
Mr. Abdulmutallab’s bomb ignited a comet but did not explode on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, which had 289 people on board.
The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state following the return of peace and order in the state. This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Rueben Buhari.
According to the statement, the curfew will now take effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the four metropolitan local government areas. The areas are: Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi and Chikun Local Government Areas.
The State Government said that the curfew in the 19 other Local Government Areas would start from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
“In view of the improved peaceful coexistence witnessed in Kaduna, the State Security Council has further relaxed the curfew hours.
“Government commends the entire people of Kaduna State over the return of normalcy and urged them to continue to be law abiding,’’ it stated.
The 24-hour curfew was imposed on the state following June 17 attacks on three churches in Zaria and Kaduna.
Although the curfew was relaxed on June 19, it was reinstated following the eruption of fresh violence in the metropolis.