Army Dismisses Two Officers Over Murder Of Islamic Cleric

September 6, 2022

Nigerian Army has dismissed two soldiers over the murder of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami Gashua in Yobe State.

The dismissed soldiers are Lance Corporal John Gabriel and Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon.

Acting commanding officer in charge of 241 Reece battalion, Nguru, Yobe State, Lt Col. Ibrahim Osabo informed newsmen that a joint board of inquiry set up in partnership with the police found the culprits guilty.

He said that the two soldiers were dismissed on a two-count charge of failure to perform duties and conduct prejudice to service discipline.

 Osabo stated that the dismissed soldiers would be handed over to the police in Damaturu for prosecution in a court of law.

According to reports, the cleric was travelling from Gashua to Kano when he was trailed in a bus by the attackers.

The incident occured around 10am at Jajimaji, a distance of less than 30 kilometers away from Gashua, the hometown of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

Yobe Police spokesman, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim had stated that the suspects, caught with AK-47 rifles had been arrested and were in police custody.

— Chika Okeke is a journalist with MOC and the Publisher/ Editor of, an online news platform.
She joined the services of LEADERSHIP Media Group in 2008 as a Reporter where she rose through the ranks as a Senior Reporter to Deputy Editor Daily, Deputy Editor, LEADERSHIP Sunday and Deputy Editor, LEADERSHIP Friday.
During her sojourn in LEADERSHIP Media Group, she had covered the activities of FCT Area Councils, Ministries of Tourism and National Orientation, Works & Housing and Environment.
With over one decade in journalism, she was able to explore various reporting and writing techniques such as feature writing, editing, investigation and editing, with over over 300 publications to her credit.
She has covered workshops and conferences, both in Nigeria and abroad.
She is currently the Treasurer, Environment Media Correspondents Association of Nigeria (EMCAN) and a member of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).

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