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SHOCKING: Soldier sentence to death over killing 5 rescued Boko Haram victims



A general court martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno state's capital city has sentenced to death, a soldier, Lance Corporal John Godwin, for murder. The soldier was serving in Operation Lafiya Doyle.

Godwin was charged with murder, punishable under Section 106 (a) of Armed Forces Acts (Cap A20), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004. He was accused of killing five rescued civilians in Yamteke town of Borno state. 

 A statement by the deputy director of the 7 Division army public relations, Kingsley Samuel, said the civilians were earlier rescued by troops of the soldier's battalion. Samuel, a colonel said, further investigations revealed that Godwin shot and killed the five rescued victims. He also said that other soldiers bagged jail sentences 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 manslaughterr after torturing and killing a 13 year old boy who he said stole his phone. 

The incident happened at Zamanbari area of Maiduguri metropolis in Borno state. 

 "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," Samuel said.