Just In: General Court Martial Jails Soldiers For Unlawful Possession
A General Court Martial sitting at 7 Division Garrison Pompomari, Maiduguri, Borno State, today 26th July 2017, sentenced 2 Soldiers serving in Operation LAFIYA DOLE to 23 years jail terms respectively.
Both Trooper Eric Nwokere and Trooper Macaulay Fortune were charged for unlawful possession of Fire Arms punishable under Section 27 (1) (a & b) (i & ii) of the Firearms Act.
According to a press release from the Deputy Director, Army Public 7 Division, Lt Col. Kingsley Samuel, both convicts were in possession of 5 empty AK-47 rifle magazines and 20,136 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at Jumputu Motor Park, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State, while boarding a commercial vehicle to an unknown destination.
Another soldier, Corporal Garba Saidu, was also arrested for unlawful possession of ammunition. He was charged for illegal possession of 2,800 rounds of 7.2mm (Special) ammunition. He was arrested after discovering the ammunition hidden in a poultry farm near Tipper Garage in the Maiduguri metropolis. The farm is said to belong to a serving Nigerian Policeman. He also bagged 10 years in jail.
The President of the General Court Marshal, Lt Col Adamu Hassan said the decision of the court was arrived after close of submissions by both the prosecution and defense counsels.
He said the prosecution has proven the case beyond reasonable doubt in line with the burden of proof on the prosecutor to prove all criminal case beyond reasonable doubt.
It could be recalled that the 7 Division General Court Marshal was inaugurated on Wednesday 10th August 2016, to try misconduct committed by officers and men fighting insurgency in the North East.
The court was inaugurated to dispel all pending disciplinary cases that occurred in the Theatre of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, particularly cases that could not be tried summarily.