Abuja - A member of the Boko Haram Islamist group has accused the Federal Government of delaying his efforts to appeal his 2013 terrorism conviction and sentence, Punch reports.
Kabiru Umar, also known as Kabiru Sokoto, was convicted and sentence in December of 2013 following his role in the 2011 Christmas Day blast in Madalla that saw 44 people killed and 75 injured.
Sokoto, who is currently serving a life sentence at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison in Lagos, has alleged that the Comptroller of Prisons has made it impossible for him to have contact with his lawyer, Sheriff Okoh.
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Sokoto has also revealed that he is seeking a declaration stating that the actions of the Comptroller of Prisons are a violation to his right to fair hearing, right to counsel and access to justice.
Justice Ademola, who handed sown Sokoto's sentence to him, disclosed that the convict had admitted to having prior knowledge of the attack on two separate occasions.
Ademola also noted that the Boko Haram member showed no remorse during his trial, labeling him as a "pathological liar with no regards for the truth".
Sokoto's case of appeal has been postponed to February 4 for hearing of motion.
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