#Chibok ladies kidnapper jailed for 20 years: govt


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A second man has been jailed for his half within the mass kidnapping of greater than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, greater than 4 years in the past, the federal government stated on Thursday.

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Banzana Yusuf, from the northern state of Kano, was sentenced to 20 years in jail for “planning and kidnapping” the scholars, a press release stated.

No additional particulars got about his age, identification, the precise fees, the circumstances of his arrest or what was stated in courtroom.

The primary conviction was in February, when Haruna Yahaya, 35, admitted involvement within the abduction and was given two 15-year jail sentences.

Both Yahaya and Yusuf have been amongst 1,669 Boko Haram suspects introduced earlier than 4 particular civilian courts at a navy barracks in Kainji, in Niger state.

A complete of 276 women have been kidnapped from the Authorities Women Secondary Faculty in Chibok on April 14, 2014. 57 escaped within the fast aftermath.

Since then, 107 have both been discovered or launched as a part of a authorities cope with the jihadists.

Nigeria has been criticised for arbitrarily arresting civilians within the distant northeast and holding them, usually in unsanitary situations, for years with out entry to legal professionals.

Trials started final October however with the media and public banned from attending, prompting contemporary criticism about due course of.

The media has needed to depend on authorities statements, though it was briefly allowed to watch proceedings in February.

The resumption of instances on Monday and Tuesday was not introduced beforehand.

Yusuf was considered one of 113 folks convicted and sentenced on fees together with membership of a proscribed organisation, supporting Boko Haram and taking part in acts of terrorism.

Others sentenced included a Boko Haram chief and a commander’s spouse, who was arrested together with her two kids as they headed to the group’s Sambisa Forest hideout.

Some have been launched due to time already served. Others have been handed sentences of as much as 30 years with arduous labour.

A complete of 240 folks have now been convicted in reference to the insurgency, in keeping with authorities statements since October.

The most recent assertion stated 111 folks have been both acquitted or had their instances dropped due to lack of proof.

That takes to 1,054 the quantity of people that have been freed, which can doubtless strengthen the argument of critics who say they need to not have been detained within the first place.

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