The Nigerian Army has disclosed that Adamu Galadima, a suspect who was arrested for the kidnap and murder of six-year-old Mohammed Kabir in Kaduna, was dismissed in 2013 for attempted murder.
Galadima was paraded alongside three other accomplices at the Kaduna State police headquarters on Monday for killing Kabir after collecting a ransom of N5 million from his parents.
Brig-Gen, Mohammed Yerima, Director, Army Public Relations, said in a release on Tuesday, that the suspect was duly dismissed from the army after a General Court Marshal that held in Kaduna eight years ago found him guilty of attempted murder.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video which has gone viral on the social media alleging that a soldier, Lance Corporal Adamu Galadima, was involved in an alleged case of kidnapp and murder of his neighbour’s child after collecting the sum of N5m as ransom,” Yerima said.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to state that the information contained in the video is not true. Contrary to the claim, Lance Corporal Adamu Galadima was duly dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2013 after a General Court Marshal that held in Kaduna had found him guilty.
“His last unit was 2 Provost Group where he was involved in a case of attempted murder leading to his arrest and prosecution before the General Court Marshal in Kaduna.
“After his dismissal, Adamu found his way to Kaduna State Environmental Services where he secured a job as a cleaner.
“He is therefore, not a personnel of Nigerian Army as at April 2021 when he committed the alleged crime.
“The Nigerian Army remains a disciplined organisation that will not condone any unprofessional conduct on the part of its officers and soldiers.
“The general public is therefore urged to ignore the misleading story currently being shared in the social media.”