A Sergeant of the Nigerian Army, Umar Sale, has been sentenced to three years in prison for causing bodily harm to a male teenager in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
Umar was alleged to have tied up a teenager Muhammad Sale on an electronic pole for several hours, causing him to dislocate one of his hands.
The teenager was accused of stealing money belonging to the soldier.
President of the Nigeran Army court martial, who gave the ruling, Brig.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, said the convict would also be demoted to private as part of his punishment.
“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.