JTF In Kano Arrests General Shuwa’s Killers

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The late war General, Mamman Shuwa

The Nigerian Army on Monday announced that it has grabbed a man believed to be behind the murder of a retired General, Mannan Shuwa in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, told reporters that the man would soon be paraded before the media and prosecuted before the court.

This is sequel to the arrest of three suspects in connection with the killing of the elder statesman by the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri in 2013.

Boko Haram
Muhammad Sani Nafiu (in white) said to have facilitated and aided the killing of late Shuwa; Ali Muhammad a.k.a Amir (in black), Boko Haram preacher in Baga since 2009

A statement issued by spokesman of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, listed the names of the suspects as: Mustapha Umar, Goni Modu Lawan and Goni Ali.

The statement also said that the suspects, who confessed to being members of the Boko Haram sect under Gwange cell with one Abdul Kareem, said that they had carried out various attacks on both the military and civilians.

The Commander of the 3rd Brigade in Kano, Brigadier General Hamisu Hassan, also told newsmen that Muhammad Nafiu confessed to have participated in the killing of late Shuwa and many other Boko Haram operations in the northwest and east respectively.

General Hamisu said that the other suspect, Ali Amir confessed to have been a preacher of the group since 2009 but later disappeared after the killing of Boko Haram leader, Muhammad Yusuf.

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The retired general was shot dead in front of his house on November 2, 2012 at the lower Gwange Area in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The dreaded sect, Boko Haram, had immediately denied killing the General and an associate of a former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, his orderly and a guest in his Maiduguri home.

Major General Mannan Shuwa was the pioneer General Officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army’s 1st Division, who commanded the Army’s division during the Civil War.

Thisday Building Bomber Jailed For Life

Mustapha Umar, Boko Haram Member.A member of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Mustapha Umar, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour for throwing explosives into a plaza occupied by Thisday newspaper and two other newspaper publishers in Kaduna, Kaduna State

Delivering the sentence in an Abuja court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola said that the evidence presented by the prosecution showing the convict’s confession and his reasons for committing the crime indicated that he had no dignity for human life and should be removed from the public to forestall future occurrence of the incident.

The Federal High Court Judge also ordered 150 million Naira (about 943, 000 dollars) compensation to the families of the three persons who lost their lives in the incident.

He said the compensation could be handled by the Nigerian government committee on compensation.

Umar, arrested on April 26 2013, was brought before the court for the first time in February 2013 on a one-count charge of terrorism filed by the Nigerian Police Force.

Pleaded Not Guilty

He was said to have driven a white Honda Accord car with registration number AL 306 MKA with improvised explosives devices into the premises of SOJ Plaza with the intention to detonate the explosive devices within the premises.

The incident claimed the lives of three persons and caused several degrees of injuries on others.

Umar had pleaded not guilty to the charge, claiming he was a passer-by and a trader dealing in local perfumes, when he was arrested by the police and subsequently forced to admit that he committed the crime.

The court dismissed his claims, saying his alibi has tissues of lies.

Justice Ademola said he believed the video evidence where he confessed that he was a member of the deadly Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram and the testimonies of ten witnesses comprising of police officers who participated in the investigation.

“The prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and agreed that the accused committed the offence for which he was charged,” Justice Ademola said.

Force’s Efforts In Tackling Terrorism

The defence lawyer Nureini Suleiman pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy saying the accused is a young man whose family and aged parents depend on for their livelihood.

He told the court that the accused was a first time offender.

Despite his pleas, the accused was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Police Force, Mr Frank Mba, described the ruling as a testimony of the force’s commitment to tackling terrorism in Nigeria.

Beside the conviction of the accused, the court ordered that the Honda Accord car used by the accused for the dastardly act be forfeited to the Nigerian government.

Mustaphar Umar has been escorted to the Nigerian Prison for the final time to serve his jail term.

 

 

Thisday Bomber Denies Terrorism Charges

A suspected member of Boko Haram, Mustapha Umar, who is being tried for allegedly attempting to bomb SOJ Plaza – occupied by Thisday, the Sun and the Moment, on Kontagora Road on April 26, 2012 has denied the allegations.

Umar made this confession in an interview conducted by the police shortly after he was arrested on April 26, 2012.

The recorded interview contained in a video compact disc (VCD) was tendered in court by prosecution lawyer, Simon Labaran.

The video was played in the open court

Although conducted in Hausa, a court interpreter interpreted the interview in English.

In the interview, Umar said he coordinated the attacks on Thisday Abuja office and the one in Kaduna and was not supported by Boko Haram.

He said that his intention was to wreck the organization for publishing insulting materials about Prophet Mohammed.

Umar, 34 years, a Kanuri from Borno State and a widower with children, said he was not a member of  Boko Haram.

He said the attacks for which he was being tried were coordinated by himself and some of his friends trained under Sheikh Ja’afar M’adam in Maiduguri.

Umar, who said he was educated up to secondary school level having attended the Government Day Secondary School, Maiduguri, stated that while the Kaduna bombing was done with his private Honda car he bought a year earlier, the bombing of the newspaper’s office in Abuja was carried out by his friend – Alhaji – with his jeep.

The trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola admitted in evidence a translated transcription of the interview conducted in Hausa.
With the admission of the exhibit, the prosecution closed its case.

The defence led by Nureini Sulaiman has said he was going to make a no case submission.

Justice Ademola adjourned to June 24 for adoption of all processes in respect of the defence’s no-case submission.

Substitution Of Defence Lawyer Stalls Trial Of Suspected Bomber Of Thisday Office

The trial of the suspected bomber of Thisday Newspaper’s office in Kaduna, Mustapha Umar could not commence at the Federal High Court in Abuja as his lawyer, Nureni Sulaiman said that he had just been briefed by the suspect.

The trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola citing the interest of fair hearing, consequently adjourned the case till 29 April.

Mr Umar was accused of bombing SOJ Plaza in Kaduna state occupied by Thisday, The Moment and The Sun Newspapers.

At the last hearing, the suspect was represented by Felix Umai and Mohammed Umar, both of Manga chambers in Abuja; he however had changed counsel as he was represented at the resumed hearing by Mr Sulaiman who told the court that he was just briefed on the case in court.

Before the adjournment, the prosecutor, Simon Labaran had asked the court to hear his application to exclude members of the public except the press and the parties to the case, from hearing the proceedings.

The defence counsel however objected saying that the constitution mandated the trial to be in the open.

The judge therefore directed the defence counsel to file his response to the application. He also directed him to file the defence of his client to the charges and front load it to enable the court handle the case with dispatch.

He also ordered that the suspect be remanded in Kuje prison even as he directed the prison officials to allow the suspect access to his lawyer and family to enable him prepare his defence adequately.

Justice Ademola also directed the prison officials to make sure that the accused was brought to court at the appropriate time.

The suspect is been charged on a one count of terrorism related act.

He was alleged to have driven a white Honda academy car with registration number AL306MKA with improvised explosives devices into the premises of SOJ Plaza and detonated same.