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Metro Nigeria: Boko Haram 'Factional Leader,' Wife Sent to Prison



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Mohammed Usman (aka Khalid Albarnawi), the alleged leader of a Boko Harm splinter group, his “second wife”, Halima Haliru, and five others were on Tuesday remanded in prison by a federal high court in Abuja.

Save for Haliru, the rest are alleged members of Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (a.k.a Ansaru), a group described by the prosecution as a breakaway from Boko Haram.

The others are Mohammed Saleh, Umar Bello(aka Abu Azzan); Mohammed Salisu (Datti), Yakubu Nuhu (aka Bello Maishayi) and Usman Abubakar (Mugiratu).

They were arraigned on charges of terrorism, hostage taking and murder of a total of nine expatriates.

They have been in DSS custody for about five years, reports say.

Justice John Tsoho, in a ruling, held that the prison was the appropriate place of remand of any defendant after arraignment and ordered that they be remanded in Kuje Prisons.

An application for witness protection before the commencement of trial will be heard on April 11.


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