Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
Authorities of the Nigerian Army say it’s regrettable the manner an Islamic cleric, Sheik Muhammad Goni Aisami, was allegedly murdered by a soldier, one John Gabreil.
Sheikh Aisami was said to be traveling to Kano from Gashua, Yobe State last Friday August 19 when his car was flagged down by the soldier from Nguru Army Barracks for a lift.
While on their way, the soldier allegedly suddenly brought out his gun, pulled the trigger and shot his helper at close range.
The Islamic scholar, it was further gathered, died on the spot while the soldier bolted away with the deceased Honda Accord car.
With the reported arrest of two soldiers in connection with the murder, Headquarters, Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation, Hadin Kai has vowed to ensure justice is served.
This followed a statement issued by Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Headquarters, Sector 2, Operation HADIN KAI, Captain Kennedy Anyanwu.
The statement read in part:
“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.”