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Soldier Sentenced to Death for Setting Boko Haram Suspect Ablaze



File Photo: Nigerian Soldiers

During a cordon and search operation in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, Lance Corporal Hillary Joel was reported to have set a Boko Haram suspect ablaze, leading to his death.

The soldier was found guilty of murder by the Army General Court Martial, Punch reports.

The other soldiers who faced the court martial with him include Private Chima Samuel for aiding and abetting the murder of a minor Yakubu Isah; and Sergent Samuel Balanga for desertion and miscellaneous offences.

They were handed sanctions which included demotions and jail terms.


  1. Theresa Doghor

    June 9, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    This discourages soldiers from fighting BH
    Nigeria army E ku ise.

    • californiabawlar

      June 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      No. It discourages war crimes, jungle justice, and Force brutality! What if the guy wasn’t really BH? Everyone deserves their day in court until proven guilty beyond doubt!


    • slice

      June 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Are you crazy????????

    • Darius

      June 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      @Californiapsycho, you must be a Boko Haram sympathizer! Stupid girl!

      The guy would’ve been set free by his sponsors if he had been taken into custody.

      This judgment is bad for morale!

    • Poesy

      June 9, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      @Darius: Her name is Californiabawlar not Californiapsycho. You can make your point without resorting to calling people names. Also educate yourself on War Crimes and while you’re at it, check out Al Jazeera’s documentary on Boko Haram or ElNathan John’s novel. In the war against terrorism, it’s very easy for indisciplined soldiers to carry out acts of terrorism themselves.

    • Californiabawlar

      June 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      The village clown is back in the building with his half-baked sense. Theresa talk her own, I talk my own… then du-dunce the blabbermouth decides to flounder his way into a simple conversation that involves minimal critical thinking. Guess what happens next? ? Yup! A nonsensical comment that tries to cover up for lack of actual sense with name-calling. Why do you keep showing your slow behind? Why?

      Lol. You never learn… more like you can’t learn. Well, apart from the fact that you can’t see how this case of Force brutality trickles down to the everyday man on the street, you continous flagrant display of lousiness is evidence enough to show how dense in the head you are.

    • Darius

      June 9, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      @MumuCalifornia, lolzzzzzzzzzzzzz……… stupid heifer! Your rebuttal wouldn’t have taken this long if you weren’t braindead. You had to marshal your entire village people, and after many hours of brain storming, this is what you sickos came up with? A rebuttal that is more hilarious than insulting. Lolzzzzzzzz…. mission so not accomplished! Mumu!

      Village champion acting like she knows shit about human right.

    • Californiabawlar

      June 9, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Lmao! he said rebuttal! ??? I wasn’t even going to respond to your last comment but boy come off it! A rebuttal is what I said to Theresa… my comment to you was…. ermmm… charity. Yeah I’ll write it off as charity: trying to correct you where your family and immediate community has failed you.
      Keep up rolling in the gutter with the name-calling… I see you’re intent on staking your claim on that village clown title.

    • californiabawlar

      June 9, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      p.s. You do know being a psycho is NOT an insult, right? It actually feels more like a compliment! 😀 Ah… I hope just this just an internet persona. Nobody without a should be this unintelligent in real life… no one.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      June 10, 2017 at 12:22 am

      I’m starting to get afraid for and of Nigerians.

      Are you both serious @Theresa and @Darius? So, we need to allow jungle justice run rife, because we’re dealing with members of a terrorist group?

      And what happens when the people you empower to carry out justice on the streets, decide they themselves don’t owe society any accountability? Who eventually curbs their own power to wield justice? Or will we leave it that ball to keep rolling until it lands outside our gates and we become victims ourselves?

      This is not how a functioning society can ever run. In one breath, we’re bemoaning Nigeria’s complete deterioration and in another breath, we’re supporting the sort of behaviour which causes law and order to further breakdown.

      It’s either we want a country that works or we want to remain stuck in our current cess pit of a zoo. We can’t have it both ways.

  2. ess

    June 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    she’s right. There’s no need for insults, the boy actually wasn’t a bokoharam member.

  3. survivor

    June 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm


  4. Happy iftar

    June 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Na you Sabi lolz.

  5. Mama

    June 10, 2017 at 1:32 am

    But isn’t the sentence of death too harsh? The soldier may have misjudged the situation but he is still a soldier who has been risking his like in the fight with boko-haram. I mean, he has seen all the carnage and gory images first hand; it is very easy for emotions to run high in such situations. He was wrong, but killing him? No, this judgment is not fair at all.

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