3 Nigerian Soldiers Sentenced To 33 Years Imprisonment

The General Court Martial (GCM) sitting in Maiduguri at the Media Centre, 7 Division Garrison, on Wednesday, sentenced three Nigerian soldiers to 23 years and 10 years imprisonment respectively for various offences.

The soldiers sentenced to 23 years imprisonment are trooper Fortune Maculey and trooper Saga Eric Nwokorie.

The soldiers were found guilty on five count charges of unlawful possession of five Ak 47 magazine, quantity of 2,136 rounds of ammunition, 50 rounds of NATO ammunition, 2 rounds of browny machine guns and conspiracy. 

The other, Corporal Garba Saidu, was found guilty on two count charge of stealing two boxes of 1,400 round of 7.62mm special ammunition each totalling 2,800, was given a sentence of 10 years imprisonment for the drastic act.

On delivering judgement, president of the court, Lt. col. Adamu Hassan Jahum said that the accused soldiers have been found guilty of charges against them and therefore sentenced, in order to ensure maintenance of discipline in the ongoing operation and in the Nigerian Army in general.

"This is not good for the media,as civilians are relying on us for defense and protection. He further stated,”We are meant to protect the image of this great nation and not to drag it to the mud,

" We will make sure proper justice is carried out according to the law", he concluded.

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