Family of Sheikh Goni Aisami, a Yobe-based Islamic cleric killed by officers of the Nigerian Army, feared they may be denied justice as the culprits have not been charged to court 50 days after.
In August, John Gabriel and Adamu Gideon, the duo officers with the 241 RECCE Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Nguru, Yobe State, hijacked the cleric’s car and killed him afterwards. According to reports, Aisami was heading to Gashua from Kano State.
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Subsequently, the soldiers were de-ranked, de-kitted and dismissed to allow the law to take its course. However, the trial has not been opened, WikkiTimes learnt.
Contrarily, Dungus Abdulkareem, the spokesperson for Yobe Police Command, said the matter is now before the state’s judiciary.
“On September 19, the case was presented to the court and the accused pleaded not guilty, and then the case was adjourned. The case will be heard again soon in the second session,” he said.
Dungus added that at the time of the hearing, the judiciary was on vacation, and “we think if they return from vacation, they will tell us the date when the troops will be returned to court.”
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One of the deceased’s family members said they saw no justification in delaying the prosecution of the suspects.
Speaking to BBC Hausa, Abdullahi Goni Aisami, a family member of the deceased said the family is worried because it feels the authority is handling the matter with levity.
“We are sad and frustrated,” he disclosed. “The women are even more miserable because they feel that the verdict has been delayed for too long.”