Nigerian Army Sentence One Of It Soldier To Death For Manslaughter And Others To life Imprisonment
Nigerian Army Sentence One Of It Soldier To Death For Manslaughter And Others To life Imprisonment. While the war against Boko Harram is ongoing, the Court- Martial of The Nigeria Army are still dispensing their constitutional duties.
The court on Friday, after a careful investigation, sentenced one of their own to death for manslaughter while the rest were sent to life imprisonment.
According to Politicsngr, a statement signed by the Deputy Director 7 Division Army Public Relations, Kingsley Mfon Samuel, said that;
“The General Court Martial (GCM) sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced a soldier serving in Operation LAFIYA DOLE to death for murder. Other soldiers also bagged jail sentences for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
“The soldier, Lance Corporal John Godwin, was charged with murder, which is punishable under Section 106 (a) of Armed Forces Acts (Cap A20), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, for killing five rescued civilians in Yamteke town of Borno State. The civilians were earlier rescued by troops of the soldier’s battalion and were taken for investigation at the time the soldier shot and killed 5 of them.
“Another soldier, Sergeant Innocent Ototo, was sentenced to life imprisonment for manslaughter after torturing and killing a 13-year-old boy who he said stole his phone. The incident happened at Zamanbari area of Maiduguri metropolis in Borno State.
“While Lance Corporal Benjamin Osage and Private Sunday Onwe were also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each for offences bordering on manslaughter and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
“Delivering the judgement, the President of the Court Martial, Brigadier General Gbenga Olusegun Adesina, said that the offences run contrary to Nigerian Army’s Rules of Engagement (ROE) and also against Nigerian Laws and Geneva Conventions which Nigeria is signatory to and which the Nigerian Army as a professional Army holds in high esteem.
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