Army Officer Sentenced to Threes Years Imprisonment for Torturing Minor

Staff Sergeant in the Nigerian Army, Umar Sue, is to spend three years in prison over unlawful assault on a 10 year old boy.
Umar who currently serves in Maiduguri, Borno State, also had his rank reduced from a staff sergeant to a private soldier.
The military Court Martial seating in Maiduguri convicted Umar, Tuesday.
Delivering judgment, the President of the Court Martial Brig. Gen. Gabriel Adeniyi pronounced his judgment, said: “Staff Sergeants Umar Sule, having found you guilty of the charges against you and having listen to the presentation of the prosecution urging this court to treat you as a first offender and the counsel’s touching plea to litigation, we have also look at the various punishment provided by both section 104 of sub section 2d of armed forces act cap A 20 laws of the federation 2004 as well as section 119 of armed forces act cap A 20 laws of the federation 2004.
“This court also considers the need to ensure discipline in the system. This court hereby sentences you as follows: “On count one; three years imprisonment. On count two- reduced to private. This sentence is however subject to confirmation by the confirming authority as provided by section 141 sub-sections 2 and section 152 sub-section 1A of the armed forces act cap A20 law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004”.
Umar was accused of arresting and torturing 10 years old Mohammed Saleh for allegedly stealing his N2000.
The demoted soldier, according to the father of the boy, tied the hands of his son for more than eight hours which caused serious injuries to the hands leading to the amputation of one while the remaining hand fails to function even till now.
Speaking after the judgment, representative of the Human Right Commission, Barr. Jumai Usman Mshelia said she was satisfied with the judgment.
According to her, “I believe that all the parties in this case have gotten justice. This judgment demonstrates the discipline and transparency of the army that anybody can get justice no matter who you are, poor or rich,” Mshelia said.
The father of the boy Usman Mohammed also said he is satisfied with the judgment. He however called on the government to assist in the upbringing of the boy whose two hands have now been severed due to the torture by the convict.

Author: News Editor

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