Two Nigerian Soldiers Demoted, Sentenced To 10 Years Imprisonment
The General Court Martial (GCM), 7 Division of Nigeria Army sitting in Maiduguri, has demoted and sentenced two soldiers; Sgt Aliyu Hassan and Corporal Nasiru Bello, to 10 years in prison each for abduction and forcefully receiving the sum of N1 million from victims.
During the delivery of his judgment, the President of the General Court Martial (GCM) 7 Division Nigeria of Army Brig. Gen. Olusegun Adesina, on Wednesday said the action of the soldiers was unlawful and against the ethics of the armed forces.
It was gathered that the two soldiers were charged for abduction and forceful collection of money from innocent victims, amounting to the sum of 1 million naira.
In his verdict, Brig.Gen Adesina said the accused were standing trial ”for 3 count charges include abduction of Alhaji Hassan on the 19th November, 2017 at his residents in Ruwan Shanfi area of Maiduguri to unknown location, forceful demand and reception of the sum of 1 million Naira after he was threatened as BHTs sponsor”.
”Having considered all pleadings by defense counsel, on 1st count charge, you Sergeant Aliyu Hassan and Corporal Nasiru Bello are hereby sentenced to 5 years in prison for abduction.”
“On count 2 charges that your rank from Sergeant has reduced to Corporal and also your rank from Corporal to private for illegal behavior on uniform; third count charge for extortion of 1 million naira from victims, you are are hereby sentenced to 5 years in prison respectively and service of term shall runs concurrently.”