An identified Boko Haram member, Abdulsalam Adinoyi, has been sentenced to death by hanging by a High Court in Ekiti State.
Adinoyi was arrested in 2017 after attacking and robbing a police sergeant, Gana Jiya, and other police officers at a checkpoint in Oye Ekiti.
Following the attack, the police sergeant was killed on the spot while other officers on duty sustained severe gunshot wounds.
According to the police in the state, Adinoyi stole two AK-47 rifles and launched a “terrorist attack” on the people of Ekiti state and its environs between December 22, 2016, and March 20, 2017.
The police, however, arraigned the suspect on a five-count charge bordering on armed robbery, murder, terrorism, and unlawful possession of firearms.
The police stated that Adinoyi confessed that members of his group named Abu Uwais and Aminu (a.k.a. Idi-Amin), now at large, were planning an attack on the police before he was arrested and ammunition recovered from his house.
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.
However, delivering judgment on Wednesday, the presiding judge, Lekan Ogunmoye, said the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The judge found the suspect guilty as charged and sentenced him to death by hanging on counts one, two and three
Justice Ogunmoye also sentenced Adinoyi to 20 years imprisonment on count four, and 10 years imprisonment on count five with N10,000 as an option of fine.