Published On: Sat, Nov 16th, 2013
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Thisday Bomber Gets Life Imprisonment


Justice Ademola Adeniyi of a federal high court, Abuja has sentenced Mustapha Umar to life in prison with hard labour for bombing the Kaduna office of some newspapers.

In addition, the court ordered the convict to pay the sum of N150 million as compensation to families of the three victims who died in the bomb blast.

The judge also ruled that the Honda car  used by Umar to convey the explosives for the attack should be forfeited to the federal government.

While the judgement was being read, about 100 heavily armed policemen were on guard at the court premises.
Movement around the court was restricted throughout the period the judgement was delivered. The accused was brought to the court at exactly 9.23am.

In his judgement, Justice Ademola held that the prosecution had placed before him enough evidence to prove that Umar planned and executed the attack on the SOJ plaza, which housed three newspaper houses namely: Thisday, The Moment and Sun newspapers.

The judge said: “This court is convinced that the prosecution has placed before it enough evidence to prove that the accused is indeed guilty of the allegation as contained in the charge sheet. I am therefore convinced that the accused person planned and executed the attack on the SOJ plaza. I so hold.

“The accused person’s testimony that he was only a passer-by on the day of attack and that he is a businessman selling perfumes and local caps is a tissues of lies and I hereby reject his testimony. I therefore find the accused person guilty and accordingly convict him of act of terrorism”.

“I sentence him to life imprisonment in line with Section 33 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011, with hard labour. He is also ordered to pay the sum of N150million, especially to the families of the three souls that were lost on the day of the attack.”

Umar was charged to court on a one count charge which reads: ”That you Mustapha Umar, male 34, of Gashuwa road, Damaturu, Yobe state on or about the 26th April 2012, drove a white Honda Academy car with registration No. AL 306 MKA, laden with Improvised Explosives into the premises of SOJ Plaza occupied by This Day Newspaper, The Moment and the Sun Newspapers, located at No. R9 Kontagora road, Kaduna state and detonated the explosives, thereby committed act of terrorism contrary to Section 1(2) (c) (v) of Terrorism Prevention Action 2011 and punishable under Section 33 (1) (a) of the same Act.”

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