Nigerian soldier sentenced to death

Nigerian soldiers used to illustrate the story.

The General Court Martial, GOC, sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced a soldier serving in Operation Lafiya Dole to death for murder.

Other soldiers also bagged jail sentences for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.

The soldier, Lance Corporal John 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, for killing five rescued civilians in Yamteke town of Borno State.

The civilians were earlier rescued by troops of the soldier’s battalion and were taken for investigation at the time the soldier 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 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 manslaughter and illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.

Delivering the judgement, the President of the Court Martial, Gbenga Adesina, said that the offences run contrary to Nigerian Army’s Rules of Engagement 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.


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  • Razor

    Notice that all the convicted soldiers are Southerners and Christians, seems like a hidden agenda to purge the Southerners from the army.

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      And a southerner (Gbenga Adesina) was also a willing tool as President of the Court Martial. Something is wrong with us Southerners.

      • Razor

        You are right.

    • loveNigeria

      Shallow thinking….some group killed innocent souls in cold blood like that and here you are saying nonsense. Do you have moral, what is life to you Razor, what is your personality trait. I think you should think twice..Goodluck with your thought and analysis.

      • Razor

        You people are so so heartless and insensitive to say the least. How are you sure they did what they were accused of?? Why is it that other northern soldiers who commit far more horrible crimes are not court marshalled?? Read the hand writing on the wall bro, it is all about the bloody politics in the northern controlled Nigerian army.

  • Otile

    @Razor,
    Don’t mind Buhari and his insidious ethnic cleansing. This corrupt amalgamation needs to end.