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Court sentences two convicted terrorists to 5 years imprisonment
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Court sentences two convicted terrorists to 5 years imprisonment

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A federal high court Abuja, has sentenced Abdulahi Mustaph Berende and Saheed Oluremi to five years imprisonment for acts bordering on terrorism.
The two accused persons were said to have collected the sum of 3,000 Euros and 20, 000 dollars from a terrorist group in Iran, in order to source and train terrorist-minded Nigerians fluent in English language.

The six count charge proferred against them by the Federal Government, indicted the duo, of rendering support between September 20 11 and December 2012, to a terror group in Tehran in Iran,via provision of material and terrorism training on use of firearms and other weapons.

Some of the persons that benefited from their training, included Suleiman Olayinka Sake and Aminu Mohammed Yusuf, who are currently at large.

Upon their arrest in December 2012 they were remanded in the custody of the Department of state security service (DSS).

The court had earlier barred members of the public from attending the trial, exempting only lawyers involved in the case and accredited journalists.

Presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who gave the sentence said the accused persons have been found guilty of acts of the charges against them and his consideration of the fact that the accused persons had already spent 5 years in custody, was why they got a five year sentence

The sentence was 5 years for each count charge, but they are to run concurrently.

Counsel to the second defendant expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the judgement, promising that an appeal would be filed.

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