The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, heard how alleged kingpin of the Boko Haram sect, Mustapher Umar, bombed office of Thisday Newspaper in Kaduna State with 12 camp gas cylinders in a bid to appease Allah.
Justice Ademola Adeniyi, who admitted a burnt Honda Car, with number-plate AL-306-MKA, allegedly used to perpetrate the terrorist act on April 26, 2012, further heard how the accused person cried bitterly when he was rescued from the burning car, saying they denied him the opportunity of inheriting 72 virgins in heaven.
In a bid to prove the complicity of the accused person, the Federal Government brought a senior police officer that is charged with the responsibility of keeping exhibits recovered from terror suspects to testify before the high court.
The masked witness, PW-8, who told the court that the accused person had intended to carry out a suicide attack, produced the burnt Honda car, the discharged cylinders, half-charred 25 litter jerry-can that allegedly contained fuel, and persuaded Justice Adeniyi to move the court outside to inspect the terror items.
Besides, he showed the trial judges who was accompanied on the inspection tour by lawyers and journalists, the foot wear the accused person discarded in his attempt to escape after he was caught by angry mob within the premises of SOJ Plaza in Kaduna State where the attack occurred.
Aside Thisday, two other media houses affected by the explosion which reportedly led to the death of about 10 persons, were the Moment and Sun Newspapers, which offices were equally situated at the said SOJ plaza.
The Abuja Federal High Court on admitted the white Honda Academy car with Kaduna plate number, AL 306 MKA, as evidence in the trial of a suspected Boko Haram member, Mustapha Umar.
Umar was accused of bombing a plaza housing the offices of some newspapers in Kaduna in April 2012.
The vehicle was the one which Umar allegedly loaded with improvised explosives devices before driving into the premises of SOJ Plaza occupied by ThisDay Newspaper, The Moment Newspaper and The Sun Newspaper, located at R9, Kontagora Road, by Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna, where he detonated the explosives.
Some burnt cylinders, as well as a partly burnt 25-litre black jerry can, which the suspected Boko Haram member allegedly used in the bomb attack, were also admitted in evidence by the court.
The materials were tendered by a masked prosecution witness, a police exhibit keeper, at the continuation of Umar’s trial over a one-count terrorism charge.
Another prosecution witness tendered a video recording of Umar’s confession while in police custody.
However, prosecution counsel, Mr. Simon Labaran, sought an adjournment to enable the court interpreter to study and understand the video recording to enable him to provide an effective interpretation to the court.
The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, thereafter adjourned the matter to today (Wednesday) for continuation of trial.