Tataafo.com – 13th August, 2020
The President of the General Court Martial (GCM), Maj. Gen. Priye Fakrogha, has on Wednesday, handed down a 55 year jail term on Lance Corporal Ibrahim Babangida, on the 4 counts charge of culpable homicide, house breaking, theft and burglary.
Gen. Fakrogha, made the pronouncements during a Court proceedings sitting in Command Officers Mess 1, Asokoro, Abuja.
Lance Corporal Babangida Ibrahim was sentenced for allegedly killing and robbing of one Mr. Bello Abdullahi Aliyu , a staff of World Health Organisation (WHO) at Anka Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, in 2014.
Babangida, was also accused of stealing a mobile phone and N600,000 from various persons, on different occasions.
President of the GMC, Maj. Gen. Priye Fakrogha, while reading the judgement after listening to the prosecuting and defence counsel, said the accused soldier will serve a term of 40 years, in jail for homicide and 5 years imprisonment each for house breaking, theft and burglary.
He however said, both Counts 2, 3 & 4 which it jail term is 5 years each are to run concurrently.
Lance Corporal Babangida Ibrahim, while on deployment on Operation Mesa to fight banditry in Zamfara State, at about 10pm on August 11, 2014, without justification, shot and killed Mr Bello Aliyu Abdullahi (WHO Staff) with his personal AK 47 rifle.
Corporal Ibrahim thereafter proceeded and broke into the house of Mr Bello, located at Gidan-Dari, Anka LGA, Zamfara State at about 4 am and made away with his belongings including a Gionee E3 and Nokia handsets.
Lance Corporal Ibrahim also dishonestly took the Honda Accord car belonging Mr Bello with registration number TRK 414 AA, containing one Laptop computer and the sum of #6,000, which he subsequently moved to Kaduna where his family resides and was using the car as a personal car before investigators arrested him.
According to the presiding Judge, the GCM’s verdict was subject to the confirmation of the Nigerian Army Council Authority.
Members of the General Court Martial were Major General PB Fakrogha, President, Brigadier General JO Ochai, Brigadier General POE Pearse, Brigadier General EJ Ikomi, Brigadier General AL Okpodu, Brigadier General SD Makulo, Col MK Ibrahim, Col L Abubakar, Col MA Yusuf and Captain KC Ogili (Judge Advocate).
The Prosecuting Council for the Nigerian Army was led by Major Dipreye Biambo while the Defence Counsel for the accused soldier was led by Barr. Felix Jimba.