The Federal Government has filed eight charges including terrorism, murder and hostage taking, against an alleged leader of a splinter group of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Usman, (a.k.a. Khalid Albarnawi), and five other defendants. The other five co-accused persons were also said to be members of the Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (a.k.a. Ansaru), a group described by the prosecution as a breakaway from Boko Haram.
The other co-accused persons named in the case marked, FHC/ABJ/CR/36/2017, are, Mohammed Saleh, Umar Bello (a.k.a. Abu Azzan), Mohammed Salisu (Datti), Yakubu Nuhu (a.k.a. Bello Maishayi) and Usman Abubakar (Mugiratu). The defendants have been scheduled to be arraigned before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.
The prosecution accused them of conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism contrary to Section 17 of Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 as amended in 2013 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
They were also accused of murder of “Internationally Protected Persons” contrary to Section (3) (a) of Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 as amended in 2013 and punishable under the same section of the Act. Read more