Tuesday, 9 July 2013

# Africa News # Kabiru Sokoto

Madalla Church Bombing: I’m Innocent, Says Kabiru Sokoto

Culled From PUNCH
A Boko Haram commander accused of masterminding the December 25, 2011 bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State, Kabiru Sokoto, on Monday informed an Abuja Federal High Court that he was tortured while being interrogated by security agents.

Testifying in his own defence at the continuation of his trial, Sokoto insisted that he was not guilty of the charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

Prosecution witnesses had informed the court that Sokoto voluntarily made a confessional statement, in which he admitted his membership, and role, in the sect.

But Sokoto on Monday told the court that he was tortured while he was interrogated.
He said he sustained injuries on his hand as a result of the torture.

He said, “They beat me until I could no longer move my hands. They beat me and asked me how I managed to escape from the police.
 “They said, ‘if you don’t tell us the truth, we will torture you again’.”

Sokoto, who said he was an Islamic scholar and teacher, added that he did not have any information about the Madalla bombing as alleged by the prosecution.

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