A General Court Marshal sitting in 7 Division Garrison Maiduguri, has sentenced two Soldiers serving in Operation LAFIYA DOLE to 23 years jail terms respectively, based on charges that bordered on unlawful possession of Fire Arms.
The crime is punishable under Section 27 (1) (a & b) (i & ii) of the Firearms Act.
The convicts; Trooper Eric Nwokere and Trooper Macaulay Fortune at the time of their arrest were in possession of 5 empty AK-47 rifle magazines and 20,136 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at Jambutu Motor Park, Jimeta-Yola, Adamawa State while boarding a commercial vehicle to an unknown destination.
Another soldier, Corporal Garba Saidu, was also sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of ammunition.
The soldier was arrested and charged with 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 Maiduguri metropolis. The farm is said to belong to a serving Nigerian Policeman. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
The President of the General Court Marshal Lieutenant Colonel Adam
u Hassan said the decision of the court has arrived after closing of submissions by both the prosecution and defence 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.
Deputy Director Army Public Relation 7 Division