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Nigerian Army Speaks On Alleged Murder Of Cleric In Northeast

The military says soldiers fingered in the murder of a popular Islamic cleric in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria, will be punished if found wanting.

The Nigeria Army has reacted to the alleged murder of a popular Islamic cleric in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.

The cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami, was reportedly killed by two soldiers on Friday, Aug. 19 while travelling from Kano to Gashua, his home town in Northwest Nigeria. 

The development has triggered reactions from many Nigerians demanding justice for the deceased. 

Reacting to the incident in a statement on Sunday, Aug. 21, Kennedy Anyanwu, the spokesperson of Headquarters Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai, described the incident as “highly regrettable”.

He, however, said the army is collaborating with Yobe state Police command in unravelling the identities of the suspected soldiers.

“The Sector has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident; at the end of the investigation, the soldiers will be made to face the full wrath of both military and civil laws.”

“This incident is highly regrettable given the Sectors’ disposition and zero tolerance for violation of Code of Conduct and Rules of engagement for troops. Consequently, the Sector wishes to commiserate with the family of the victim and the good people of Yobe State and promise that justice would be served accordingly,” the statement read.

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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