The court-martial sitting in Maiduguri has sentenced Trooper Azunna Maduabuchi to death by firing squad for killing the adjutant of his unit, one Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi, who had allegedly refused to grant him a welfare pass.
Trooper Maduabuchi had shot and killed Lieutenant Ngorgi in July 2020 at close range in Bama Local Government of Borno State for refusing to allow him leave temporarily the war against insurgents in the North East.
The court-martial gave the ruling on Tuesday at the Maimalari Cantonment, , saying Maduabuchi was guilty in accordance with Section 106 of the Armed Forces Act.
Some other soldiers were arraigned for manslaughter and sentenced to various years of imprisonment.
One of the soldiers Sergeant Sani Ishaya was sentenced to four years, Bidemi Fabiyi sentenced to two years while Private Musa Bala and Private Abdulraheed Adamu were sentenced to one-year imprisonment each.
Mohammed Kudu, accused of shooting a 12-year-old boy at a wedding, was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Lance Corporal Aja Emmanuel, who was arraigned for a lone charge of assault, was de-ranked and now a private soldier.