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Boko Haram Spokesman Gets 3-Year Jail Term

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Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, who claimed to be the spokesman of the Boko Haram sect was on Tuesday sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for criminal intimidation by an Abuja Magistrates Court. He had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him at the last hearing in November and was subsequently sentenced to 9 years imprisonment. The sentence was however deferred when the prosecutor pointed out that investigation was still going on.

While pleading guilty, the accused person begged the court for leniency.

Delivering the ruling, Justice Oyebola Oyewunmi said “in view of the plea for leniency, this court hereby sentences you, Ali Sanda Konduga, to three years in prison.”

Senator Ali Ndume who was charged alongside Konduga had the charges against him withdrawn from the Magistrates Court. Fresh charges were however filed against him at an Abuja High Court. The new charges include providing the Boko Haram sect with politicians’ phone numbers. He is expected to enter his plea on Thursday when the new case opens.

 

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