Their mandate was to defend Nigeria's territorial borders. They were given specific weapons to execute their duties but they mischievously got access to more than what they needed.

A General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced three soldiers to 33 years imprisonment.

They were sentenced to jail for unlawful possession of arms and ammunition.

While two of the soldiers who served as troopers - Eric Nwokere and Macaulay Fortune – will serve prison terms of 23 years each, while Corporal Garba Saidu was sentenced to 10 years. 

At the time of their arrest, the troopers had in their possession five empty AK-7 rifle magazines and 20,136 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at Jumputu Motor Park, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State.

On his part, Saidu was found guilty of illegal possession of 2,800 rounds of 7.2mm (special) ammunition.

He was arrested after discovering the ammunition hidden in a poultry near Tipper Garage within the Maiduguri metropolis.

The farm is said to belong to a serving Nigerian policeman.

The Nigerian army has stepped up its level internal discipline following accusations of violating fundamental human rights and extra-judicial activities.

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