54 more soldiers sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny



54 soldiers including two Corporals, nine Lance
Corporals and 49 Private soldiers attached to the
7 Division Nigerian Army in Maiduguri Borno
state have been sentenced to death by firing
squad for mutiny by a court marshal that sat in
Abuja today Wednesday December 17th. The
soldiers were convicted on a a two-count charge
of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny.
According to the charge sheet, the soldiers
conspired to commit mutiny against their
superior at the 7 Division on August 4 at the
Mulai Primary School camp, opposite AIT
Maiduguri, Borno state.
Captain J.E. Nwosu, an army Captain who is the
prosecutor in the case, told the marshal panel
that the accused soldiers had on August 4, in
Maiduguri, refused to join the 111 Special Forces
Battalion troops, commanded by Timothy
Opurum, a Lieutenant Colonel for an operation
which was meant to recapture Delwa, Bulabulin
and Damboa in Borno State from members of
Boko Haram.
Captain J.E Nwosu in his submission said the
offence is punishable under Section 52(1) (a) of
the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 Laws of the
Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The commander of the 111 Special Forces, Lt.-
Col. Opurum, while testifying before the panel
as a witness, said in the recapture operation,
only 4 officers and 29 soldiers participated in
that particular operation with other soldiers
hesitant to participate.
This brings to 66 the number of soldiers
sentenced to death for mutiny. Their sentencing
however is to be ratified by senior military
authorities.
Source: Premium Times

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