Army Court Martial Sentences Erring Soldiers
This should send a message to other military and paramilitary personnel who abuse the respect citizens have for their uniform and authority.
There have been so much talk of cases bordering on violation of human rights and other operational offences by soldiers in Operation Lafiya Dole.
But the General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno State has now concluded the cases of five soldiers.
The President of the Court, Brigadier General Olusegun Adeniyi, delivered the judgements.
Sergeant Samuel Balanga who was convicted for 2-count charges of desertion and miscellaneous offences got a sentence of reduction in rank to Private.
Similarly, the court sentenced Private Chima Samuel who was convicted for aiding and abetting murder of a minor, Yakubu Isah in Maiduguri to 15 years imprisonment.
Lance Corporal Hilary Joel who was convicted for murder of a suspected Boko Haram terrorist in Damboa was sentenced to death.
Also, Corporal Aliu Audu who was charged for assault was reduced to the rank of Private.
Trooper Sunday Ogwuche who was convicted for stealing and unlawful possession of 641 rounds of 7.62mm Special was sentenced to 2 years and 5 years imprisonment.
The representative of the National Human Rights Commission present in court, Barr Jumai Usman Mshelia who is the Commission Acting Zonal Coordinator in Borno State commended the Nigerian Army for the transparency in the trial of the accused soldiers.
She expressed delight that the Nigerian Army has shown that it is a disciplined organisation and erring personnel are tried for wrong doing.
She was happy that justice was served.