Nigeria: 7 cops charged with killing sect leader

AP News
Posted: Jun 23, 2011 1:02 PM
Nigeria: 7 cops charged with killing sect leader

Nigerian police say officers accused of killing the leader of a feared Muslim sect will appear in court next month.

The national police spokesman told The Associated Press Thursday that seven officers charged with "unlawfully killing one Mallam Mohammed Yusuf and his followers" will appear in federal court in Nigeria's capital on July 13 and 14.

Olusola Amore says the suspects were first arraigned in a federal court in northern Nigeria in late February. He says they pleaded not guilty.

Yusuf died while in police custody in July 2009. He led a radical Muslim sect locally known as Boko Haram which recently claimed responsibility, in unverified statements, for multiple May 29 blasts that left 18 dead and a June 16 bomb attack targeting the country's police headquarters.