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Court martial sentences soldier to death for killing five rescued civilians in Borno

A General Court Martial (GOC) sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State, has sentenced a soldier serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, Lance Corporal John Godwin, to death, for killing five rescued civilians in the Yamteke area of Borno State.
Lance Godwin 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.
Spokesperson of the 7 Division, Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel, who confirmed the sentencing to newsmen, said another soldiers was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 13 year old boy who allegedly stole his phone.
“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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