The Nigerian army said the two discharged soldiers allegedly involved in the murder of Sheikh Goni Aisami will be handed over to Nigerian police, Yobe State Command, for civil prosecution in court.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, director of the Army’s Public Relations, made the announcement in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday.
The statement noted that both soldiers were charged and summarily tried for failing to perform military duties and impairing service discipline, punishable under Section 62(a) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 and Section 103(1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.
The statement said both were found guilty and had their rank reduced from corporal to private and discharged regiments.
Commenting on the development, the Acting Commanding Officer, 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru, Lt. Col. Ibrahim Abdullahi Osabo, said: “It is clear that these men (the discharged soldiers) can never represent us. We are getting money from the Nigerian taxpayer to buy weapons.” and defend this country, but what these soldiers did is not a true reflection of the Nigerian army personnel.
“I want to assure you that we are law-abiding citizens and ready to administer justice.”
Recall that the Nigerian military had promised to set up a commission of inquiry to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring the suspects to justice quickly if charged.
Sheikh Aisami: Civilian Persecution of Two Discharged Soldiers – Army