Lance Corporal John Gabriel, a soldier with registration number N/A13/69/1522, has admitted to terminating the life of Sheik Goni Aisami Gasua, a prominent Yobe Cleric.
He however explained his reasons for tricking and eventually killing him.
Reference Daily News earlier reports how the cleric’s life was terminated after he offered to lift killer on Friday.
Aisami who was going to Gasua from Nguru when he encountered his killer who requested to be ferried to Jaji-Maji.
As they moved, he decieved the cleric who alighted from his vehicle but never returned since he was killed by Gabriel.
Speaking while he was paraded by the police on Wednesday, the killer soldier who was attached to 241 Recce Model Battalion, Nguru, said the Sheik asked him two questions before he pulled the trigger.
We were approaching Jaji-Maji and the windows were wound down, so I told him (the victim) that I was hearing a sound under his vehicle and he said he was suspecting something under it and he wanted to park and check. After he parked by the roadside, he alighted and I followed him. After checking, he found out that it was not what he suspected.
“Meanwhile, I had removed my rifle and fixed the magazine when he was under the vehicle. When he didn’t find anything under the vehicle, I told him to check the back tyre, but as he was about doing so, I pointed my rifle at him and he asked me, ‘What did I do to you?” And I responded, you did not do anything to me. He asked further, ‘Do you want to kill me?’ And I said, ‘No I don’t want to kill you.’ So, he kept quiet and I fired a warning shot, thinking he would be scared and run away. But he didn’t run away. However as he made to enter his vehicle, I fired directly at him.”