More Boko Haram Suspects Arraigned

Maiduguri, Nigeria - Four suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect were yesterday arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit arson, culpable homicide, conspiracy and mischief to set public places on fire and being in possession of dangerous weapons to cause destruction to houses and property.

The suspects have been in custody since their arrest after the July, 2009 crisis in Borno and some northern states. The suspects, Alhaji Bukar Goni Baitu, Babagoni Goni Mahinu, Hassan Goni Mahinu and Abubakar Namtuka were arraigned before Justice Gana Alkali Wakil of High Court 11 in Maiduguri. This brings to 164, the number of suspected Boko Haram members facing trial in the state.

The police are accusing them of committing offences punishable under sections 97, 221, 337 and 103 of the Penal Code which attract death and life imprisonment. The case was adjourned till June 9, 2010.