Soldier sentenced to death for killing senior officer over frozen salary account

A Court-Martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Tuesday sentenced Trooper Azunna Maduabuchi to death by firing squad for killing the adjutant of his unit Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi.

Maduabuchi was serving in 2 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade in Bama, Borno State, at the time of the incident in July 2020.

It was gathered that Ngorgi had been refusing to give the officer a travel pass to enable him resolve his inability to access his salary account, which had been frozen for about eight months.

Maduabuchi’s bank account was reportedly frozen by the authorities because he went AWOL (away without official leave) for six months.

His sentencing was carried out in accordance with Section 106 of the Armed Forces Act.

Four other soldiers were arraigned for manslaughter and sentenced to various years of imprisonment.

One of the soldiers Sergeant Sani Ishaya was sentenced to four years, Bidemi Fabiyi sentenced to two years while Private Musa Bala and Private Abdulraheed Adamu were sentenced to one-year imprisonment each.

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