- A court-martial in Borno state has concluded its hearing in a case involving the shooting to death of an officer
- A soldier accused of carrying out the shooting has testified before the court
- The court disclosed why it found the accused guilty of the offence
A Nigerian soldier, Azunna Mmaduabuchi, has been sentenced to death by firing squad for killing an officer.
The verdict was given on Tuesday, January 12, by a court-martial sitting in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, The Guardian reported.
The military court found Maduabuchi guilty of shooting the adjutant of his unit, one Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi, in July 2020 at close range in Bama local government of Borno.
The soldier was said to have shot his superior for refusing to grant him a welfare pass.
Premium Times reported that the accused who is a private pleaded guilty but argued that his action was accidental.
However, witnesses who testified in the trial contradicted his claim.
They said they saw the soldier at the scene of the crime still holding the AK47 rifle while the late adjutant lay in a pool of blood.
One witness said he saw the private soldier match past him, without complimenting him as his senior as he walked up to the deceased adjutant who was at that time making a call and summarily opened fire on him.
The court-martial ruled that the condemned soldier could not provide a convincing defence in his testimony and therefore him sentenced to death.
In another news, Nigeria's chief of army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, January 11, told applicants seeking to serve in the army that they must be ready to move to Sambisa forest at the end of their training.
According to Premium Times, Buratai noted that the recruits should be ready to serve their country anywhere they are deployed as a soldier.
He made the disclosure at Falgore forest training camp during the final screening for 80 regular recruits in Kano state.
Meanwhile, the defence headquarters (DHQ) has said the Nigerian military has recorded huge victories against insurgents in the northeast.
According to The Cable, the spokesperson for the defence headquarters, John Enenche, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Boko Haram can no longer operate in the northeast like they use to do prior to 2015.
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