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Nigerian court martial jails soldier 7 years for killing civilian who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Mustapha Buhari, Maiduguri

A soldier deployed to Borno State for counter-insurgency operations, Hassan Adamu, has been jailed seven years by Special Military Court Martial after he was found guilty of manslaughter.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that on December 23, 2015, Mr Adamu, a private, shot dead a civilian, Umar Alka, at the Maiduguri Monday Market for chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ near a patrol vehicle.

Boko Haram fighter’s usual chant before launching attack was ‘Allahu Akbar’, meaning ‘God is Great’.

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According to witnesses, the convict shot late Alka in the chest, claiming the deceased attempted to disarm him.

Witnesses who testified during the trial told the tribunal that the deceased was sighted chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and approached a Hilux vehicle of the soldier.

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It was then that Mr Adamu alighted from the vehicle and started assaulting late Alkali and subsequently shot him dead on the spot.

The tribunal also heard that there was no any struggle between the deceased and the convict.

In his testimony, the father of the victim, Abubakar Abacha, a resident of Bulabulin area of Maiduguri metropolis, told the tribunal that when he received a call that a soldier killed his son, he rushed to the scene and found the body of his son with a deep hole piercing through his chest.

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He said his slain son was a person of good character and free from drug abuse.

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Delivering judgement, the president of the tribunal, Olusegun Adeniyu, a brigadier general, averred that Mr Adamu was found guilty for the offence and was therefore dismissed from the Nigerian Army.

He said Mr Adamu was therefore sentenced to seven years imprisonment in accordance with the Nigerian Armed Forces Act and Nigerian Criminal Justice.

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