A self-confessed Boko Haram agent,
Lawrence Ugwu, has begged a Karu Chief
Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, to forgive his
criminal intimidations to his former
Mr. Ugwu, former staff of Top View Hotel,
Abuja, was arraigned on a charge of criminal
intimidation contrary to Section 397b of the
He pleaded guilty to the charge and
promised to be of good conduct by writing
undertaking of good behaviour to the court.
Mr. Ugwu told the court that frustration led
him to using threat of being a Boko Haram
agent to extort money from the complainant.
The complainant, the management of Top
View Hotel, had pleaded with the court to
temper justice with mercy, saying “the
management of the hotel has pardoned him”.
The hotel also begged the court to strike out
the case, since it had lost interest in the case.
The prosecutor, Ashashi H.P, had told the
court that the defendant sent a text message
from his handset to the complainant telling
him that “he is an agent of boko haram’’.
Mr. Ashashi said the text message stated that “I am coming
tonight to drink Star at the hotel and bomb it.
“You should get ready for mass burial. I have done it in
Emab Plaza some time ago.”
The Magistrate, Folashade Oyekan, struck out the case
following a plea by the complainant.
Mr. Oyekan admonished Mr. Ugwu never to allow frustratio