Nigerian Army Sentences Soldier To Death For Killing Five Civilians


Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai

A General Court Martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State, has sentenced a soldier with Operation Lafiya Dole, Lance Corporal John Godwin, to death.

He was sentenced to death for killing five rescued civilians in the Yamteke area of Borno State during investigation.

The soldier was charged with murder, punishable under Section 106 (a) of Armed Forces Acts (Cap A20), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004.

Lt Colonel Kingsley Samuel, 7 Division’s spokesperson confirmed the sentence and said, “The civilians were earlier rescued by troops of Godwin’s battalion and were taken for investigation at the time he shot and killed five of them.”

Other soldiers were jailed by the court for various offences, ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.

“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 in Borno State,” the army spokesman added.


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