Maiduguri: Court sentences 19 students to 6 years each for cultism

A High Court in Maiduguri on Wednesday sentenced 19 students to six years imprisonment each for cultism.

Delivering judgment, Justice Umar Fadawu,  held that there was sufficient evidence proving that each the defendants committed the offenceof conspiracy and /membership an unlawful society.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convicts were arrested by the police on Sept. 21, 2019 hotel in Maiduguri for being members an unlawful society, Neo Black Movement a.k.a Black Axe.

Faduwu after considering plea from some the convicts and thier counsel, Mr Ahmed Hamman, who pleaded for leniency, sentenced the convicts to six years each on each the two counts without an option fine.

“The court hereby sentence you Arnold Augustine, Onu Chiduben, David Emmanuel, Awuto Abayomi, Mustapha Abulkadir, Levi Epraim, Onuebu Godspower Chibuzor, Ben Oni, Yakubu Chiroma, Adamu, Calvin Ijafiya, Henry Michael Ujah, Chris Kallu, Totsi Samuel, Onwuka Ugochukwu, Audi Yohana, Samuel Talba, Donald Omguze and Joseph Olaiya to six years imprisonment for each the charge..

“The prison terms shall run concurrently from today, Oct. 20,” Fadawu ruled. (NAN)