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Army begins investigation of murdered Yobe cleric, vowed to bring perpetrators to book

By Suru Charles

Investigation into the gruesome killing of an Islamic cleric, in Yobe State, Sheikh Goni Aisami has commenced.

The cleric was alleged to have been killed last Saturday in Karasuwa local government area on his way from the neighboring Kano state.

In a statement yesterday issued by the Nigeria Army through the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Headquarters Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai, Captain Kennedy Anyanwu, the sector, according to the statement, has instituted a board of inquiry to unravel those behind the killing.

Parts of the statement reads “The attention of Headquarters Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai has been drawn to a publication by Premium Times dated 21 August 2022 alleging that the Nigerian Police in Yobe State have arrested two soldiers over the murder of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Gashua.

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“The Sector, in collaboration with Yobe State Police Command is carrying out investigation to unravel the identity of the suspected soldiers”

Adding that “the Sector has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident.”

At the end of the investigation, the soldiers involved, as stated by the leadership of the army “will be made to face the full wrath of both military and civil laws”.

While commiserating with the family of the late cleric and the people of the state, the incident, the army said “is highly regrettable given the Sectors disposition and zero tolerance on violation of Code of Conduct and Rules of engagement for troops.”

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