25.1 C
Abuja

Tribunal Sentences 12 Soldiers To Death For Mutiny

Advertisement

Related

Advertisement
Advertisement

Twelve Nigerian soldiers have been sentenced to death for mutiny after they fired shots at their commanding officer in the restive Northeast city of Maiduguri on May 14, this year.

A nine-member military tribunal in Abuja convicted the soldiers following the incident in May when shots were fired at the commanding officer of the Nigerian Army 7 Division, which is saddled with the responsibility of fighting the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Court president, Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, a major general, said the sentences were subject to confirmation by Nigeria’s military authorities, adding that there was no doubt on the gravity of the offence.

The soldiers were found guilty of criminal conspiracy, mutiny, attempted murder, insubordination to a particular order and false accusation.

The legal team of the convicts, however, pleaded with the court martial to temper justice with mercy, as they reeled out pathetic stories about the family backgrounds of the convicted servicemen.

The defence team argued that giving them maximum sentence would do more harm than good, adding that it would increase the agony of their dependants.

Witnesses said the soldiers became unruly and threw stones at an officer when he arrived and shots were fired into the air. Mohammed then had to take cover as they pointed their guns at him but he was not injured.

- Advertisement -

Nigeria’s army has been under tremendous pressure to put a lasting end to the five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and render several thousand homeless, as well as seen the insurgents hoist their flags in some villages in the restive Northeast in recent times.

Military sources have said soldiers in recent times have complained of a lack of adequate weapons and equipment to fight the insurgents.

Eighteen soldiers in total, from the rank of private to corporal, were charged. While 12 were sentenced to death, one was given 28 days’ hard labour on another count and five were acquitted. All pleaded not guilty.

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

[molongui_author_box]

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

Advertisement

Recent

Buhari okays Seplat’s buy of ExxonMobil’s Nigeria unit

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has okayed and granted consent to Seplat’s acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Nigerian...

State pardon: Ex-govs Dariye, Nyame released from prison

FORMER governors of Plateau and Taraba states, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame, were released...

CWG 2022: Nigerian female athletes outperform male colleagues

AS the Commonwealth Games ends, Nigerian female athletes have outperformed their male colleagues by...

Okada riders embark on violent protest over raid by FCT task force

COMMERCIAL motorcyclists, popularly known as okada riders, on Monday embarked on a violent protest...

2023: Court sets September 7 to hear certificate forgery suit against Tinubu

THE Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed September 7 to hear a...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement