Today 3 December, 2022

Soldiers dismissed for murder, to be handed over to Police for prosecution – Army Headquarters

Soldiers dismissed for murder, to be handed over to Police for prosecution – Army Headquarters

The killing of an Islamic cleric, Sheik Goni Gashua Aisami in Yobe, the Nigerian Army (NA) claims, was tried in the Headquarters 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru. The two soldiers were discharged from duty, according to the NA.

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Lance Cpl. John Gabriel and Lance Cpl. Adamu Gideon were named in a statement released on Sunday by Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, director of Army Public Relations.

The soldiers, according to Nwachukwu were dismissed after facing trial at the Headquarters 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru on Saturday having been indicted in a report of a Board of Inquiry set up to investigate the unfortunate incident.

He said that both soldiers were charged and summarily tried for failure to perform military duties and conduct prejudice to service discipline.

The offences according to him, are punishable under Section 62 (a) of Armed Forces Act CAP A20 and Section 103(1) of Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.

Army spokesman said that the two soldiers were found guilty and awarded reduction of rank from Lance Corporal to Private and Dismissed Regiments.

“The two dismissed soldiers will be officially handed over to the Nigeria Police, Yobe Command in Damaturu for civil prosecution in the court of law.

“Recall that the NA pledged to institute a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and speedily bring the suspects to justice, if indicted.

“Once more, the NA wishes to commiserate with the family of the victim and the good people of Yobe.

“May the soul of the deceased rest in perfect peace,” he said.

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