10 soldiers arrested over Taraba killings, risk death sentence

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The Nigerian Army authorities have arrested an officer and nine soldiers in connection with the killing of five officers of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), on August 6, in Taraba State Daily Sun, can authoritatively report.

This is just as our correspondent gathered that the arrested officers risk death sentence if some of the recommendations by the committee set up by the Defence Headquarters to investigate the killings is anything to go by.

The soldiers and officers were arrested last Wednesday after preliminary investigations carried out by the DHQ committee found them culpable of the act.

It was gathered that the soldiers who have been in detention at the 93 Battalion Takum, in Taraba State, were moved to Yola, headquarters of 23 Brigade under very tight security.

According to information, before they moved to Yola, the suspected soldiers were kept in a detention cell. It was also gathered that the committee members interrogated several officers and soldiers and found the ten guilty.

As at the time of filing this report, there was still heavy security in and around the detention facility within the 23 Brigade, Yola, where they are kept to prevent any move by them to escape.

Reliable Sources said that the detained soldiers would remain in Yola for now pending the recommendation and outcome of the committee’s report which are expected to be made public anytime from now.

By the time the report is finally made public, the soldiers might have to face another Board of Inquiry (BoI), after which they would be made to face a General Court Martial (GCM).

Security sources say the soldiers risk death sentence considering the gravity of the offense they committed.

The death sentence might only affect those who actually took part in the killing as not all of them were said to have participate in the act. 

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