NIGERIA: COURT SENTENCES BOKO HARAM MEMBER TO DEATH
November 11, 2021:
An Ekiti State High Court on 10 November 2021 sentenced to death by hanging Abdulsalam Adinoyi, a self-confessed member of the terrorist group Boko Haram. (Source: Premium Times, 10/11/2021)
The sentence was handed down by Lekan Ogunmoye, a judge of Ekiti State High Court, in Ado Ekiti.
Adinoyi was charged and arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on armed robbery, murder, terrorism, and unlawful possession of firearms.
According to the charge, Adinoyi, who hails from Okene in Kogi State, between 22 December 2016 and 20 March 2017, while armed with a gun, attacked and robbed Gana Jiya, a police sergeant, and other police officers at a checkpoint in Oye Ekiti.
He killed Jiya on the spot while the other police officers on duty sustained gun wounds.
He was accused of carting away two AK-47 assault rifles and launching a terrorist attack on the people of Ekiti State and its environs.
Adinoyi confessed to being a member of Boko Haram and in possession of an AK-47.
“The sole issues for determination are accordingly resolved in favour of the prosecution,” the judge said.
“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,” the judge said.