Murder of Yobe Islamic cleric: Army begins investigation to authenticate arrested soldiers

Military authorities have disclosed that they are working round the clock in conjunction with the police to authenticate the identities of the two soldiers allegedly involved in the killing of an cleric, Sheik Goni Gashua.

A statement by Captain Kennedy Anyanwu, Assistant Director Army Public Relations Headquarters Sector 2
Operation Hadin Kai on Sunday said the sector has instituted a board of enquiry to get to the root of the matter.

“The attention of Headquarters Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai has been drawn to a publication by Premium Times dated 21 August 2022 alleging that the Nigerian Police in Yobe State have arrested two soldiers over the murder of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Gashua.

“The Sector, in collaboration with Yobe State Police Command is carrying out investigation to unravel the identity of the suspected soldiers. Additionally, the Sector has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident. At the end of the investigation, the soldiers will be made to face the full wrath of both military and civil laws.

“This incident is highly regrettable given the Sectors disposition and zero tolerance on violation of Code of Conduct and Rules of engagement for troops.

“Consequently, the Sector wishes to commiserate with the family of the victim and the good people of Yobe State and promise that justice would be served accordingly,” the statement said.


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