54 Nigerian Soldiers Sentenced to Death for Mutiny

Adedayo Ogunleye, Abuja

 A Nigerian Army court has sentenced 54 soldiers to death by firing squad after finding them guilty of mutiny.

The affected soldiers, who had been on trial for a two-count charge of mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny since October 16, 2014, along with five other soldiers, were sentenced by the President of the Court, Musa Yusuf, a Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army.

It was learnt that no case could be established against the five others, so they were discharged and acquitted. The acquitted soldiers are Ogar Simon, Jacob Mallam, Sudan Hannania, Lucky Boaz, and Eyakanze Uwah.

The 59 soldiers who stood trial were members of the 111 Special Forces Battalion based in Maiduguri, Borno State.

They had all been court-martialed for their alleged refusal on August 4, 2014 to join other members of the 111 Special Forces Battalion in a planned operation to recover Delwa, a town in Borno State, from the control of Boko Haram insurgents and also to prepare grounds for recapturing two other towns in the state, Bulabulin and Damboa from the insurgents.

Details of the court proceedings and judgment remain sketchy as journalists were not allowed to cover the proceedings at the court located in the Nigerian Army Garrison headquarters, Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja.

However, a high ranking military officer who was present at the court said that it was the conclusion of the presiding judge that the prosecution team headed by Joseph Nwosu, a Captain, had been able to establish beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the affected soldiers.

The prosecution had called three witnesses to confirm the allegations levelled against the soldiers. The witnesses comprised the Commanding Officer of their Special Forces battalion, T. M. Opurum, a Lieutenant Colonel, another member of the battalion, I. Saleh, and the Investigating Officer, Francis Okoro.






     

     

    Counsel for the defendants, Femi Oyebanji, who stood in for Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, avowed that they would protest the verdict to the confirming authority.

    Oyebanji said after the judgment that the Judge Advocate of the court, Solomon Ukpe, a Lieutenant Colonel, had misdirected the court to give the verdict.

    It would be recalled on May 14, 2014 that angry soldiers had fired gunshots at the official vehicle of Ahamdu Mohammed, a Major General, who at the time was the General Officer Commanding GOC, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, who had visited the Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, to address troops some soldiers had suffered huge casualties at the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents. The soldiers had blamed their defeat on counter-productive operational orders from their superiors.

    The Nigerian Army has been engaged in a protracted battle since 2009 with insurgent, who are members of the Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram. Reports of desertion and loss of morale amongst troops have been rampant as the troops have complained of faulty equipment and low remuneration for the risks encountered. Senior officers, on the other hand, have attributed the trend to lapses in the army’s selection and recruitment processes.

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    8 COMMENTS

    1. Registered above. I am in search of use factual info on the fate of those soldier who stood for justice and equity and are sentenced to death for speaking up… They believed their superior compromised…

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    2. This is unacceptable, the worst they could have done was to discharge them from duty, sentencing them to death is nothing short of wickedness

    3. LIFE IN THE JIHADIST-LED ONE-NIGERIA

      53 SOLDIERS, MOSTLY NON-MUSLIMS, SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR REFUSING TO FIGHT THE HEAVILY-ARMED SOKOTO CALIPHATE-SPONSORED JIHADIST MILITIAS WITH INFERIOR WEAPONS!

      Meanwhile, over 6000 Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah militiamen, after murdering more than 60, 000 citizens, have been set free, incorporated into One-Nigeria’s army and fully pardoned for their heinous crimes against humanity.

      Why? Because they’re the protected agents of the expansionist Sokoto Caliphate’s Islamization, land grab and ETHNIC CLEANSING agendas. The criminal excesses of the Sokoto Caliphate’s Jihadist militias also benefits the British government whose main objective is to ensure the underdevelopment and continued impoverishment of One-Nigeria, their biggest CASH COW.

      The British and their favored Jihadist Fulani OVERSEERS of the NIGERIA PROJECT are the two PARASITIC ENTITIES working in tandem to thwart indigenous Nigerians’ hopes and dreams of self-determination.

      The Islamist government’s refusal to provide ELECTRICITY, running water and a viable healthcare system is a crucial part of that unholy plot. The plan is to keep our people poorly-educated, jobless, underemployed, constantly traumatized with Jihadist violence, diseased and hopeless.

      If a country lacks electricity, businesses cannot prosper. If businesses cannot prosper, there’ll be NO JOBS. If there are no jobs, people will have no money. Without money, CRIMES soar. Without electricity, nothing works!
      One-Nigeria is in DARKNESS and death is the new sermon preached by its wicked Jihadist rulers.

    4. After they had given these wicked people called Boko Haram good life and sentence these soldier for this crime, we all pledge to serve our country

    5. This must be a gradual clear out of Christians from the Army.. If you check the list and names then you will see that it is absolutely true.

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