Court jails soldier over assaulting teenager in Maiduguri

A Nigerian Army Court martial has sentenced Staff Sergeant, Umar Sale to three years imprisonment for causing bodily harm to a male teenager in Maiduguri.


In his ruling in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the President of the court, Brig.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, said the convict would also be demoted to private as part of his punishment.

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“Staff Sgt. Umar Sale, you have been found guilty of the charges against you, having listened to the presentation of the prosecution to treat you as a first offender.’’

The president said that offences were contrary to Section 104 (2b) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A 20 laws of the federation 2004 as well as Section 119 of the Armed Forces Act A 20.

“The court hereby sentences you as follows; on count one, three years imprisonment, on count two, demotion to a private.

“The sentence is however, subject to confirmation by the authority as provided by sections 141 (2) and 152 (1a) of the Armed Forces Act cap a 20 laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004,’’ he said.

Umar was alleged to have tied up a teenager, Muhammad Sale on an electronic pole for several hours causing him to lose one of his hands.

The teenager was accused of stealing money belonging to the soldier.



  1. That thug in army uniform who assaulted a former beauty queen in Imo state recently deserves prison sentence as well
    So also is any uniformed man or woman that assaults anyone
    It’s high time uniformed personnel in Nigeria are made to know that they have no right in this modern world to assault anybody
    Besides every criminal case should be tried in the courts and not in military tribunals as all soldiers, irrespective of rank, have the tendency to assault civilians

  2. They should also amputate one of his hands and he should pay compensation to the victim. Well done North East Army Court Marshal group!! Let this be a lesson to any armed forces member who takes law into his or her hand!!!!!

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