A Soldier to Die For Killing Rescued Civilians

A soldier serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, Lance Corporal John Godwin, has been sentenced to death for allegedly killing five rescued civilians in the Yamteke area of Borno State.
A General Court Martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State, gave the verdict after investigation.
Other soldiers were also jailed by the court for various offences, ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.
Lance Corporal Godwin was charged with murder, which is punishable under Section 106 (a) of Armed Forces Acts (Cap A20), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004.
According to Lt Colonel Kingsley Samuel, 7 Division’s spokesperson, who confirmed the sentence, “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.
“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.”
A statement on Friday by Samuel, who is the Deputy Director of the 7 Division Army Public Relations, stated further: “While Lance Corporal Benjamin Osage and Private Sunday Onwe were also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each for offences bordering on manslaughterr and illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition. Delivering the judgement, the President of the Court Martial, Brigadier General Gbenga Olusegun Adesina, said that the offences run contrary to Nigerian Army’s Rules of Engagement (ROE) and also against Nigerian Laws and Geneva Conventions which Nigeria is signatory to and which the Nigerian Army as a professional army holds in high esteem,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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