A federal high court in Abuja, has sentenced two persons to five years imprisonment for acts bordering on terrorism. They were accused of having links to an Iranian terrorist group and helping to train Nigerian recruits.
The six count charge proferred against them by the Federal Government, indicted the duo, of rendering support between September 2011 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, that 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.
The leader of the Anambra House of Assembly said the state cannot afford to set land aside for a cattle colony.
According to Victor Okoye, the state doesn’t have enough land mass, even to meet housing needs.
He said Anambra has the least land area in the country, only after Lagos, and wants northern states to set some space aside for the colonies.