Army fires soldiers accused of murdering Muslim cleric

The Nigerian army has fired two soldiers accused of killing a Muslim cleric in Yobe state, identified as Sheikh Goni Gashua.

The discharged soldiers are identified as; Lance Corporal John Gabriel and Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon.

The cleric, who came from Kano state, is said to have given Gabriel a lift.

Upon arrival at Jaji-Maji, a village in the city of Gashua, Gabriel is said to have told the deceased that there was an unusual noise at the rear tire. The cleric, it was gathered, stopped to check the tapes.

Gabriel reportedly pulled out his rifle, hidden in a cot, and shot the cleric.

However, he called Gideon to help him tow the vehicle.

The Nigerian army has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged murder of the Muslim cleric by soldiers arrested by the police.

A military source told our correspondent on Saturday that the council advised the soldiers to be court-martialed.

The source added that they were demoted and fired after a court-martial found them guilty.

The source said: “The two soldiers accused of killing a Muslim cleric in Yobe, Lcpl John Gabriel and Lcpl Adamu Gideon of 241 Battalion, Yobe, were charged with two charges bordering on murder and found guilty as charged. Apart from that, they were both demoted from corporal to soldier before being discharged. ”

When contacted, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Headquarters Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai, Captain Kennedy Anyanwu, confirmed the development to our correspondent.

He said: “Yes, they have been charged and fired. We just finished the court martial, not much longer.”

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