Once again a man has been sentenced to death for lesser crimes that get Boko Haram gentle sentences of life in prison. Even Boko Haram members who kill soldiers and bomb citizens to death are always given a pat on the hand with life sentences and even recently “rehabilitated” and released back into society. Linda Ikeji reports:
The Presiding Judge, Justice M.A. Ayemieye while delivering her judgment, said that the sentence is mandatory for those accused of murder.
Commenting on the death sentence, the State prosecuting counsel, Arthur Andrew Seweniowor, said if jackson fails to appeal in the next three months, the state governor, Seriake dickson will sign his death warrant. Jackson’s counsel, Efieseimokumo Bipeledei, had earlier appealed with the court to temper justice with mercy, saying the accused person is a family man who has five children dependent on him.
Mr. Bipeledei urged the court to reduce the sentence to imprisonment.