British soldier who was held hostage at gunpoint in Nigeria will get fined £500… for returning LATE to base
- Sergeant Samuel Galloway claimed he was late as he was being held at gunpoint
- He stated he was held for a number of hours with an AK-47 rifle pointing at him in Abuja
- British soldier was fined £500 for returning late to the coaching base in Nigeria
A British soldier was fined £500 for returning late to a coaching base in Nigeria – after being held hostage at gunpoint, a army court docket heard.
Sergeant Samuel Galloway of the first Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was allegedly held for a number of hours with an AK-47 rifle pointing at him within the metropolis of Abuja. He was solely launched as soon as a ransom was paid.
Nevertheless, the exceptional incident in 2019 was apparently ‘covered-up’ on the time to forestall a serious diplomatic incident.
As a part of this alleged deceit, Sgt Galloway was fined for returning late to the British coaching camp as a result of senior officers dismissed his account of being held at gunpoint.
Sergeant Samuel Galloway of the Royal Regiment of Scotland claimed at a listening to he was held hostage at gunpoint (inventory picture of the Royal Regiment of Scotland)
He additionally claims that an officer from his regiment requested for witness statements to be falsified.
This declare and others have emerged now as a result of Sgt Galloway is interesting the £500 tremendous and needs his conviction for breaching a curfew on the base overturned.
A abstract of the case was heard for the primary time earlier this month at Bulford Army Courtroom, Wiltshire.
On the finish of the listening to, a army choose instructed that the case ought to proceed to trial in September.
Sgt Galloway was on a coaching mission in Nigeria when the mysterious incident occurred. He was off responsibility on the time and spent the night of October 5, 2019, socialising with British colleagues in a neighborhood bar.
He claims that as he went to depart he turned indifferent from his associates and was grabbed by native males, considered one of whom was armed, who demanded cash.
In an obvious bid to free Sgt Galloway, a person recognized as Soldier B, who had been ingesting in the identical bar, then pulled out a pistol from beneath his clothes and fired numerous photographs.
The case was heard for the primary time earlier this month at Bulford Army Courtroom, Wiltshire (pictured)
A lawyer for the Military informed the choose that whereas Soldier B had been permitted to hold the weapon the photographs had triggered ‘chaos’ exterior the venue.
Soldier B didn’t present a witness assertion on the time however will now be requested to forward of Sgt Galloway’s trial.
Sgt Galloway remained in captivity for what he remembers was ‘round three hours’ earlier than British colleagues paid a ransom to free him and he returned to his base, generally known as ‘Village 2’, at round 04.30.
He was apparently shocked when officers disputed his account and when a serious from his regiment allegedly ordered junior troops to submit witness statements which purposely failed to say Soldier B’s actions.
Sgt Galloway was then fined and, he claims, ordered by the foremost to signal a confession. He accepted his punishment on the time however is now looking for to clear his title.
A lawyer for the Military added that he couldn’t disclose sure particulars concerning the case.