Bogus Boko Haram members sentenced to 400 years in jail
Four men who call themselves “Boko Haram” after the Nigerian terrorist cell will spend a combined 384 years behind bars for raining months of terror on two Limpopo communities.
For two months, the men – who have no known links to the actual Boko Haram – murdered and robbed their way across the communities of Seshego and Westenburg outside Polokwane in Limpopo.
The men, Lukase Rembuluwani Ndou and Ndou Ben, both 29, as well as Khoza Ngobeni Small, 28, who are all Zimbabweans, were arrested in October 2017 in Seshego and were sentenced in the Polokwane High Court on Tuesday.
They were found guilty of 25 crimes including two murders, several attempted murders, armed robberies, contravention of immigration laws for being in the country illegally and being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
The fourth member of the gang was shot dead by the victim during their final robbery five years ago.
The criminal masterminds had not realised that their accomplice had been killed, however, and sent their girlfriends to the local hospital to check up on him.
Upon arriving at the hospital, the two girlfriends were quizzed by hospital staff, who quickly became suspicious and called the police. This led to their and their boyfriends’ arrest and the downfall of the Mzansii Boko Haram.
According to Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the group’s victims included the players of ABC Motsepe League Magezi Football Club, who were robbed of their cell phones, soccer kit, shoes and clothes at gunpoint in their clubhouse on 18 October 2017.
On 9 October 2017, the men robbed teachers at their residential house in Westenburg and took their laptops, television sets and cell phones.
Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe welcomed the hefty sentences handed down to the men.
“We are content with the long jail sentences that were handed down by the high court against these heartless thugs who were terrorising communities in the said areas. The investigating skills of the detective and team that assisted him are highly appreciated and commendable,” Hadebe said.
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