On Friday February 7, three Nigerian soldiers were sentenced to 10 years in prison by the general court-martial that sat at the army headquarters in Abuja.
The three soldiers, Akeem Oseni and Ogbemudia Osawe (both majors) and Nuhu Dogary( second lieutenant) sentenced to 10 years were found guilty of manslaughter.
Army Captain identified simply as Amosu was acquitted of the charges in the trial which spanned for three years, Akeem Oseni and Ogbemudia Osawe (both majors) and Nuhu Dogary( second lieutenant) were found guilty of torturing Collins Benjamin, a lance corporal to death. A crime which is punishable under section 105 of the Armed Forces Act 2004 by life imprisonment.
Benjamin died after being asked to “forward roll” in a football pitch at Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja on February 23, 2017, Premium Times reported.
Osawe and Dogary have been remanded in prison custody while Oseni has since been at large after taking permission to use the toilet after the judgement was passed. The Nigerian police and the State Security Service have already been alerted to arrest the fleeing soldier.