Ex-soldier sentenced to death for Killing Yobe Islamic cleric, accomplice bags 10years

A Yobe State High Court sitting in Potiskum Tuesday sentenced a dismissed soldier, Lance Corporal John Gabriel to death by hanging and Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon to 10 -years imprisonment at the Nigerian Correctional Service for killing Sheikh Goni Aisami.

Justice Usman Zanna Mohammed who handed down the verdict, convicted Mr Gabriel with Nigerian Army number, N/A13/69/6522 attached to 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru and Mr Gideon after he found them guilty of the offences of murder and conspiracy respectively.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Mohammed held that after a careful consideration of facts before the court and the failure of the defendants to provide essential witnesses to corroborate their claim, sentenced the two convicts in line with the provisions of the law.

It could be recalled that a prominent Islamic scholar based in Gashua, Sheikh Goni Aisami was brutally murdered in Karasuwa Local Government Area of Yobe state by a soldier whom he gave a lift while on his way to Gashua from Kano on 22nd of August 2022.

Angered by the action of the ex-soldiers, Yobe state Government through the Ministry of Justice took the matter to court which led to the judgement of today.

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