Army dismisses killer soldiers, hands them over to police for prosecution

Army dismisses killer soldiers, hands them over to police for prosecution

By Ahmed Abba, Nguru (Yobe).

 

The 241 RECCE Battalion of the Nigerian Army on Saturday announced the dismissal of Lance Cpl. John Gabriel and Lance Cpl. Adamu Gideon, who allegedly killed an Islamic scholar, Sheikh Goni Aisami, in Yobe.

 

Lt. Col. Ibrahim Osabo, Acting Commanding Officer of the Battalion in Nguru, Yobe, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after the suspects were de-kitted in Nguru.

 

The suspects were demoted from Lance Corporal to private soldiers before they were dismissed.

 

“You are all aware of what happened a week ago where the two service personnel of this unit went out and committed atrocity and the Nigerian Police personnel arrested them.

 

“Thanks to Almighty Allah we are able to do the needful. We initiated military police investigations, together with the Nigerian Police.

 

“The outcome of the investigation gave us the latitude to sanction the suspects accordingly, and they are now officially dismissed from the Nigerian Army,” Osabo said.

 

He added that the dismissed soldiers would be handed officially to the Nigeria Police to face civil prosecution.

 

“We are taking them to our Sector Headquarters in Damaturu, the Sector Commander will then officially hand them over to the Nigeria Police to face civil prosecution. They no longer represent Nigerian Army,” he added.

 

Osabo condemned their actions and said that it was not a true reflection of the Nigerian Army personnel.

 

“I want to assure you that we are law-abiding citizens, and we are ready to dispense justice on anybody who is found wanting, irrespective of the person’s position or rank,” he said.

 

Recall that DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Yobe on Tuesday announced that the police apprehended the suspects in connection with the Sheikh’s murder on Aug. 16.

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