A member of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Abdulsalam Adinoyi, has been sentenced to death by hanging by a High Court in Ekiti State.
The convict, an indigene of Kogi State, was arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on armed robbery, murder, terrorism, and unlawful possession of firearms.
According to the charge, Adinoyi was alleged to have attacked and robbed Gana Jiya, a police sergeant, and other police officers at a checkpoint in Oye Ekiti.
While Jiya was killed on the spot, other police officers on duty sustained gunshot wounds.
He was also accused of carting away two AK-47 rifles and launching a “terrorist attack” on the people of Ekiti state and its environs.
All these were said to have happened between December 22, 2016 and March 20, 2017.
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 an operation when police officers came to his house, which was searched and the AK-47 rifle was recovered, among other items.
Five witnesses, including police officers who were at the scene of the incident, were called by the prosecution during the trial.
Several exhibits were tendered including an AK-47 rifle, statement of the defendant, photographs of the victims, compact discs containing Boko Haram training activities, five SIM cards, flash drives, empty bullet shells, medical reports, among others.
Delivering judgment, Lekan Ogunmoye, the presiding judge, said the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“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 on counts one, two and three. May almighty God have mercy on his soul.
“He is also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on count four, and 10 years imprisonment on count five with N10,000 as an option of fine.”