On Wednesday, a High Court in Maiduguri sentenced 19 University of Maiduguri students to six years in prison for cultism.
Justice Umar Fadawu, who delivered the verdict, said there was enough evidence to show that each of the defendants committed the crimes of conspiracy and management/membership of an unlawful association.
According Metro Times, the convicts were apprehended by police on September 21, 2019 in a hotel in Maiduguri for being members of the Neo Black Movement, also known as Black Axe.
Faduwu after considering plea from some of the convicts and thier counsel, Mr Ahmed Hamman, who pleaded for leniency, sentenced the convicts to six years each on each of the two counts without an option of 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, Mohammed 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 of the charge..
“The prison terms shall run concurrently from today, Oct. 20,” Fadawu ruled.