Lance Corporal John Godwin has been sentenced to death for murder of innocent civilians.

He opened fire on five civilians who have already been rescued by the army in Yamteke town of Borno State.

He has been charged with murder, which is punishable under Section 106 (a) of Armed Forces Acts (Cap A20), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004.

The General Court Martial, GOC, sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State also sentenced other soldiers for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.

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For Sergeant Innocent Ototo, he bagged a life sentence for manslaughter after torturing to death a 13-year-old boy, who he claimed stole his phone at the Zamanbari area of Maiduguri metropolis in Borno State.

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

President of the Court Martial, Gbenga Adesina, while delivering the judgement, said the offences run contrary to Nigerian Army’s Rules of Engagement and 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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