A special military court in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Tuesday dismissed a Flight Lieutenant, Martins Enwerem, for raping a 14-year-old internally displaced person, who was sent on a firewood gathering errand by her family.
Mr. Ebwerem raped Zara Ali, while she and her friends were searching for firewood at the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The officer has also been demoted to the rank of flight officer and will have to serve a jail term as soon as a superior military authority approves his sentence.
President of the court, Maj Gen Yakubu Auta said Enwerem was found guilty in all the three count charges brought against him – “defiling, assault and disobedience of standing order.”
He ruled, “This special court marshal at this moment sentence(s) you, Flight Lieutenant M.I Enwerem NAF 5771 as follows; Count One; dismissed from the armed forces, reduction in rank from Flight Lieutenant to Flight Officer; three years loss of seniority on the new rank…”