2011 Christmas Day Bombing: Kabiru Sokoto Bags Life Imprisonment

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Kabiru Umar (a.k.a.) Kabiru Sokoto, the mastermind of the 2011 Christmas Day Bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday found Kabiru guilty of masterminding the bombing of the Church in Madalla, an town neighbouring Abuja, in which several people including women and children were killed.

He was also found him guilty of planning to bomb the Police Headquarters in Sokoto State.

In addition, Kabiru was also sentenced for training over 500 men on how to manufacture and detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and that he had prior knowledge of the sect’s plan to bomb the church on Christmas day but failed to disclose same to the law enforcement agent as soon as reasonably practicable.

The court also found him guilty of facilitating the commissioning of terrorist acts, including planting bombs at Police Headquarters in Sokoto State and offices of some government organisations in the state between 2007 and 2012.