Army sentences soldier to death for killing 5 civilians


Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

A General Court Martial (GOC) sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State, has sentenced a soldier serving in Operation Lafiya Dole to death.

The court sentenced the soldier, Lance Corporal John Godwin to death for killing five rescued civilians in the Yamteke area of Borno State during the investigation, Channels tv reports.

This is just as some other soldiers were jailed by the court for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.

The soldier 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.

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Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel, 7 Division’s spokesperson who confirmed the sentence said, “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.”