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Nigerian military court sentences soldier to death for killing 5 rescued civilians

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Mudassir Ibrahimhttps://dailynigerian.com/
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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The General Court Martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced a soldier serving in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, John Godwin, to death for murder.

Other soldiers however bagged jail sentences for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.

Mr Godwin, a lance corporal, 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.

Lance Corporal Benjamin Osage and Private Sunday Onwe were however sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each for offences bordering on manslaughter and illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.

Delivering the judgement, the President of the Court Martial, Brigadier General Gbenga Adesina, said 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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