The Yobe State Police Command has reportedly arrested two Nigerian soldiers who murdered a renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Goni Aisami, after helping them with a free ride.
Recall, Sheikh Goni who was on his way from Kano State to his base in Gashua town in Yobe State, was murdered on Friday, August 19, 2022, by the soldiers after giving them a lift from Nguru military check-point to Jaji-maji, a nearby community under Karasuwa Local Government.
Jajimaji is a small village that is a distance of less than 30 kilometers away from Gashua, the hometown of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
According to reports, he was shot dead three times while his car, a red Honda Accord 2006 model, was taken away by the assailants around 9:00 p.m. The car however recovered after the suspects were arrested by the police.
Confirming the development, Yobe police spokesman Dungus Abdulkareem identified the suspects as John Gabriel and Adamu Gideon, both lance corporals, of 241 Battalion, Nguru, Yobe.
“Yes. I can confirm that the soldiers are in custody,” he said.
He also noted that the two soldiers had already confessed to the crime but “the police are still stretching their investigation further to bust what could possibly be a big syndicate or an organized crime”.
A spokesman for the Nigerian Army did not immediately return a request seeking comments about the attack, which marks the latest military-on-civilian violence long associated with Nigerian soldier.
The renowned Islamic scholar was buried on Saturday evening, August 20, 2022, in Gashua amid tears by thousands of his students, family members as well as associates.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have asked the government to bring the killers of the Sheikh to justice and give his family full compensation.
A human rights lawyer, Audu Bulama Bukarti said; “Lcpl John Gabriel & Lcpl Adamu Gideon of 241 Recce Battalion Nguru have confessed to their crimes, said the Yobe State Police Command. Justice must be served swiftly. It’s the Shaykh’s humility & telling truth to power that endeared him to people. May Allah admit him to Jannah.
“The beasts who killed Ustaz Goni Aisami must be brought justice swiftly and the government must pay his family full compensation. That is because the killer used his position and gun as a soldier and it was the negligence of the authorities that led his leaving the barracks with a riffle when he was not on duty.”
James Micheal wrote; “Security personnel are seriously part of the security problems of this country! We end up recruiting criminals and political thugs into security agencies only for them to continue their criminal venture using their uniforms! May his gentle soul rest in peace.”
Muhammad Tukur Bello said; “They should be punished similar to their actions, it’s a big challenge to have such security personnel. My Allah Grant him jannatul firdaus ameen.”Jinadu
Adamu Barde wrote; “I Can’t imagine the same people that are paid to protect us are using same weapons against innocent people for their selfish gains.There must be an accountability system for every resources allocated to every sector of public services including the security agencies.
“Until security agents are equipped with body cameras to account for their actions while on duty until civil society organisations are fully involved in the accountability of public resources by Government agencies, such acts are likely to continue,” he said.