Nigerian Army Dismisses two soldiers over killing of Islamic Cleric in Yobe


The Nigerian Army (NA) has dismissed from service, two soldiers, Lance Corporal John Gabriel and Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon, allegedly involved in the killing of an Islamic clergyperson, Sheik Goni Gashua Aisami in Yobe state.

The soldiers were dismissed after facing trial at headquarters 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru on Saturday 27 August 2022. Having been criminated in a report of a Board of Inquiry set up to probe the unfortunate incident.

Both soldiers were charged and summarily tried for failure to perform military duties and conduct prejudice to service discipline, punishable under Section 62 (a) of Armed Forces Act CAP A20 and Section 103 (1) of Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. Both of them were set up shamefaced and awarded reduction of rank from Lance Corporal to Private and Dismissed Paratroops.

The two dismissed soldiers will be officially handed over to the Nigeria Police, Yobe State Command in Damaturu for civil execution in the court of law.

It could be recalled that the NA had pledged to launch a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstances girding the incident and hastily bring the suspects to justice, if criminated.

Once further, the NA wishes to commiserate with the family of the victim and the good people of Yobe State. May the soul of the departed rest in perfect peace.

Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
27 Aug 2022.

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