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Court-martial jails soldier five years for rape, assault in Borno


From: Tada Jutha, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army 7 Division Court Martial, Operation Lafiya Dole, has sentenced a soldier for five years imprisonment for rape and assault in Maiduguri.
Corporal Aliyu Yakubu, had been serving with 202 Tank Battalion in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations, before committing the alleged offence of ‘rape and assault’ of 15-year old Inna Ameh Modu in Bama, Borno state.

Inna was allegedly raped on July 1, 2018, in an uncompleted building behind Bama prison yard.

While passing judgment Wednesday at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, President of General Court Martial, Brig-Gen. Ekubi Arikpo said the five-year jail term and dismissal are for count one and two charges against Yakubu.

“The sentencing and dismissal of Corporal. Yukubu from service, are according to the Armed Forces Act (AFA), 2004, section 78 and section 10, subsection 2A,” he said; noting that five witnesses testified before the court with 10 exhibits.

He said that the offence of rape and assault, however; contradicted Military Professional Operations of fighting Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state.

According to him, the exhibits presented before the court, include a medical report of raping Inna in an uncompleted building in Bama.

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