Lieutenant Colonel, a Captain, a Second lieutenant and 12 other soldiers were sentenced to two years imprisonment over abduction of Chibok girls

December 24, 2014 12:45 pm

A , , and 12 other
soldiers were sentenced to two years imprisonment by a Nigerian
Military Court Martial which sat in Kaduna state yesterday Dec. 23rd
over the abduction of over 200 female students of the Government Girls
Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14th.

According to Punch, the soldiers, Col. A.
O. Ojo who was in charge of Chibok when the abduction took place, Capt.
O. O. Ogunrinde, and 2nd Lieutenant V.I. Godknows were all handed two
years imprisonment for what the  General Court Martial panel termed
failure to perform. Col. Ojo was reportedly found
guilty of passing out unverified information about the return of the
abducted girls as well as not reinforcing the military personnel the
night the abduction happened. In his response, Col. Ojo said he got
information about the attack at about 1am at his station in Biu which was already late as the sect members stormed the school at about 11pm.
Lieut. Godknows was charged with cowardly behaviour during the night of
the attack. Counsel to Col. Ojo, Mr. Shuaibu Isah has however said his
client would be appealing the verdict of the court martial through the
office of the confirming authority which is the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.
Gen. Kenneth Minimah.
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