A Nigerian soldier has been jailed for seven years for shooting dead a civilian at a market in the city of Maiduguri last year. The soldier, who was not identified, was found guilty of manslaughter.
In court, he argued that he acted in self-defence after the man he killed, named as Umar Alkali, tried to wrestle his rifle from him. The military court rejected this argument, deciding that he had used disproportionate force.
Correspondents say it is a rare case of a soldier being held to account for excesses against civilians. Human rights groups have persistently accused Nigeria’s military of abuses against civilians during the long-running conflict with militant Islamist group Boko Haram.