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Court Martial To Try 60 More Soldiers For Mutiny Today
The army will arraign another set of 60 soldiers on Tuesday before a Military tribunal in Abuja for mutiny.
The soldiers allegedly committed mutiny on August 4, 2014 by refusing to join troops in Maiduguri for “an operation”.
The charge sheet alleges that the accused, comprising two corporals, nine lance corporals and 49 privates, committed the offense at the Mulai Primary School, opposite African Independent Television in Maiduguri, Borno State on August 4, 2014 when they refused to join “111 SF Bn troops” led by Col. E.A. Aladeniyi to Maimalari Barracks for an operation.
According to the charge sheet, they conspired to commit mutiny against the authority of 7 Division, an offence punishable under Section 91(1) of the Penal Code Cap P89 LFN 2004 and Section 52(1)(a) of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.
The charges are said to be triable in the General court Marshal, GCM, under Section 114 of the AFA Cap A20 LFN 2004 and punishable under Section 91(1) of the Penal Code Cap P89 LFN 2004.
Count one on the charge sheet read, “In that you at Mulai Primary School Camp opposite AIT Maiduguri on or about 4 August 2014 conspired to commit mutiny against the authority of 7 Division, contrary to and punishable under section 52(1)(a) of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.”
Meanwhile, some lawyers seeking to file an appeal challenging the conviction of some of the 12 soldiers who were recently sentenced to death for mutiny say they have not been able to gain access to them, as they have been moved from the Defence Headquarters Garrison, Abuja, to an unknown detention facility in Lagos.
The lawyers expressed dismay that the inability to locate the soldiers had hampered the completion of the appeal process as they would be required to sign some documents needed for the appeal.
It would be recalled that a court marshal headed by Brigadier General C. Okonkwo had sentenced 12 out of 18 soldiers accused of mutiny among other offences, to death.
Five others were discharged and acquitted, while one was sentenced to 28 days’ imprisonment with hard labour and a reprimand.
The soldiers were charged with mutiny among other offences, including attacking the former General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ahmed Mohammed.