By Adebayo Williams
A soldier has been sentenced to seven years in jail for killing a civilian in the northeast. The soldier was said to have shot a man, Umar Alkali, at Monday Market in Maiduguri on 23 December, 2015.
He had pleaded not guilty before a court martial saying he was protecting himself and his colleagues after Alkali allegedly tried to seize his rifle.
The panel ruled he had used “disproportionate force”, Nigerian Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
Human rights groups have repeatedly accused Nigeria’s military of abuses against civilians during the Boko Haram conflict, including arbitrary arrest, torture and extrajudicial killing.