After two soldiers were purportedly detained in connection with the killing of Sheikh Goni Gashua, an Islamic cleric in Yobe State, the army declared that it will look into the matter.
A statement from the army’s spokesperson, Kennedy Anyanwu, claims that the army has already begun working with the Yobe State Police Command to determine who the “suspected soldiers” are.
The Sector has also established a Board of Inquiry to investigate the circumstances leading up to the regrettable tragedy.
“The soldiers will be subjected to the full force of both military and civil laws at the conclusion of the investigation.
Given the Sector’s attitude and its zero-tolerance policy for troop violations of the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement, this occurrence is deeply disappointing.
Therefore, the Sector expresses its condolences to the victim’s family and the decent citizens of Yobe State and pledges to uphold the rule of law.
Sheikh Goni Aisami-Gashua was killed on Saturday, according to Channels Television.
The attackers allegedly followed the cleric in a bus as he traveled from Gashua to Kano.
Residents of Gashua have told Channels Television that the event took place about 10 am in Jajimaji, which is not far from Gashua—the city where Senate President Ahmad Lawan was born and raised—and is only around 30 kilometers away.
DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, the state’s police spokesman, told our correspondent over the phone that suspects carrying AK-47 weapons had been detained and were in police custody.