The General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno State has concluded the cases of five soldiers accused of violating human rights and other operational offences under Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
Delivering judgement, the President of the Court , Brigadier General Olusegun Adeniyi announced the reduction in rank for Sergeant Samuel Balanga who is convicted for desertion and miscellaneous offences.
Similarly, the court sentenced Private Chima Samuel who was convicted for aiding and abetting murder of a minor, Yakubu Isah in Maiduguri to 15 years imprisonment.
Lance Corporal Hilary Joel who was convicted for the murder of a suspected Boko Haram terrorist in Damboa was sentenced to death.
The representative of the National Human Rights Commission present in court, Barr Jumai Usman Mshelia who is the Commission Acting Zonal Coordinator in Borno State commended the Nigerian Army for the transparency in the trial of the a accused soldiers.