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Buhari condemns killing of Yobe cleric

The Late Islamic cleric, Sheik Goni Gashua

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned what he called “the unprovoked and cold-blooded murder of a Yobe State-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami, by a callous soldier he had offered a lift as confirmed by the police.

Reacting to the incident on Tuesday, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that the gruesome murder of a compassionate man by a soldier he had assisted has no place in their training as soldiers.

He said the act negated the entire ethos of military life, which is anchored on discipline and respect for the sanctity of innocent lives.

“By our training, we are guided by a code of conduct that frowns on this kind of reckless and criminal act. It is not in our character and training to put innocent citizens in harm’s way. Of course, the action of this soldier is an isolated incident involving an individual, but it is capable of staining the collective image of our military.”

It states that the incident is capable of making our fellow citizens to be fearful of assisting soldiers, thereby destroying the bond of trust between our military and the civilians.

According to the President, as the Commander-in- Chief, he is personally outraged by the criminal and wicked act by a law enforcement official trained to protect life.

President Buhari urged the military authorities to punish the perpetrators of the heinous crime without delay, and flush out other elements with such criminal tendencies.

The President condoled with Yobe State Government, people of the State and family of the victim of the tragedy.

Police parade soldiers over killing of Islamic cleric

Police in Yobe state have paraded two suspected soldiers and three others over their alleged involvement in the murder of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami-Gashua in Yobe state.

Police spokesperson, Dungus Abdulkarim said the suspects will be charged to court.

The paraded suspects by the Police: Photo Channels

The soldiers are said to be Lance Corporal John Gabriel with registration number N/A13/69/1522 and Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon with registration number N/A13/70/6552 both of Recce battalion Nguru, Yobe state.

The principal suspect, Lance Corporal Gabriel, admitted to the crime and explained how he killed the cleric and seized his car.

The Army had earlier said a board of inquiry has been set up to unravel the circumstances around the unfortunate incident.

According to the statement signed by Army spokesperson, Kennedy Anyanwu, any soldier found wanting will face the wrath of the law.

“This incident is highly regrettable given the Sectors disposition and zero tolerance on violation of Code of Conduct and Rules of engagement for troops,”

Sheikh Goni Aisami-Gashua was said to be travelling from Gashua to Kano when he was reportedly killed on Friday, 19 2022.

Writing Abdullah Bello; editing by Hadiza Abdulrahman & Adeniyi Bakare