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Army Court Martial’s, Sentences Soldier to Death for Murder of Superior Officer; Jails 5 other soldiers in Borno

The 7 division of the Nigerian Army’s  General Court Martial; on Tuesday sentenced Private Azunna Mmadu-Abuchi to death, while five other soldiers were jailed for assault and murder.

Mmadu-Abuchi of 212 Battalion shot and killed Lt. Baba kaka Shehu Ggorgi on July 29, 2020 in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state.

The other four soldiers to serve their jail terms of 1-3 years, include Sgt. Sani Ishaya, Privates Adamu Abdulrasheed, Musa Bala and Lance Corporal Fabiyi.

On his part, Lance Corporal Aja Emmanuel, was demoted to Private for assaulting Rahman Abdalla with his belt in Maiduguri metropolis.

Delivering the judgment Tuesday at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, President of the Court, Brig-Gen Arikpo Ekubi said: “For the offence of murder, is punishable by death; as provided under section 106 of the Armed Forces Act.

“This sentence is to be carried by firing squad. May God have mercy on your soul?”

According to him, the sentences are subject to confirmation by the appropriate Nigerian Military authority as provided for under section 151 subsection 1(b) and section 152 Armed Forces Act, 2004.

He said the soldiers conducted themselves in an unprofessional manner, which is totally unacceptable to the Army.

“When you took the laws into your hands by beating the deceased, Peter Okogu in Maiduguri, you committed an offence of assault,” the President of the Court Martial said.

He said the Army has always and particularly in the last three years focused on the protection of the fundamental human rights of every citizen.

“The Army has emphasized human rights in all it engagements. This was why human rights desks, were established across military formation in Nigeria.”

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