Army sentences soldier to death for killing five rescued civilians

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A soldier serving in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, Lance Corporal John Godwin, has been sentenced to death by a General Court Martial, GOC, sitting in Maiduguri, the Borno capital.

He 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.

The court sentenced Godwin to death for killing five rescued civilians in the Yamteke area of Borno State in the course of investigation.

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.

Confirming the sentence on Friday, 7 Division’s spokesperson, Lt-Col. Kingsley Samuel 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.”

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