Lance Corporal John Gabriel, a dismissed soldier, has been sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of Sheikh Goni Aisami, a cleric in Yobe state. Additionally, Gabriel’s colleague, Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon, received a 10-year prison sentence at the Nigerian Correctional Service. The verdict was handed down by a Yobe State High Court in Potiskum on Tuesday.
The duo, Gabriel with Nigerian Army number N/A13/69/6522 attached to 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru, and Gideon, were found guilty of the charges of murder and conspiracy, respectively.
During the judgment, Justice Usman Zanna Mohammed stated that, after careful consideration of the facts presented in court, he imposed the sentences in accordance with the provisions of the law. The judge cited the defendants’ failure to produce essential witnesses to support their claims as a contributing factor to his decision.
The incident involved the killing of the prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Goni Aisami, in Karasuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State by a soldier to whom he had given a lift while traveling from Kano to Gashua on August 22, 2022. The Yobe State Government, through the Ministry of Justice, pursued the case in court, resulting in the judgment against the ex-soldiers.
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