Boko Haram Member Is Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Nigerian Police Officer


State High Court in Nigeria has sentenced a 35 year-old Boko Haram member, Abdulsalam Adinoyi to death by hanging for killing police officer.

Passing the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye said the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the defendant, thus, implying his culpability in all the charges against him.

Adinoyi was charged and arraigned on five counts bothering on armed robbery, Murder, terrorism and unlawful possession of firearms, robbery,  kidnapping and terrorism.

According to the charge, Abdulsalam Adinoyi who hails from Okene in Kogi State, between 22nd of December, 2016 and 20th March, 2017 while armed with a gun, attacked and robbed Sergeant Gana Jiya and other Police Officers at Check Point, murdered Sergeant Gana Jiya on the spot.

Other Police Officers on duty sustained serious degree of gun wounds and carted away two AK-47 Assaulted Riffle, launched terrorism attack on people of Ekiti State and his environs, confessed to being a member of Boko Haram and unlawfully in possession of an AK-47 Assault Rifle among others.

”The sole issues for determination are accordingly resolved in favour of the prosecution. The defendant is hereby found guilty as charged, he is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging in counts 1, 2 and 3, may Almighty God have mercy on his soul. He is also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in count 4 and ten years imprisonment in count 5 with N10,000.00 as an option of fine, he concluded.’’

In his confessional statement, Adinoyi said, members of his group named Abu Uwais and Aminu a.k.a. Idi-Amin, now at large were planning for an operation, when Police Officers came to his house, it was searched and the AK-47 an Assault Rifle was recovered among other items.

To prove his case, the Prosecutor, Gbemiga Adaramola called five witnesses including Police officers who were at the scene while exhibits tendered included an AK-47 assault rifle, statement of the defendants and the victims, photographs, compact discs containing Boko Haram trainings, 5 sim cards and packs, flash drives, empty bullet shells, medical reports among others.


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