54 Nigerian Soldiers Sentenced To Death By Firing Squad For Mutiny

A military court in Nigeria has sentenced 54
soldiers to death after they were found guilty
of mutiny. The soldiers were convicted
Wednesday in Abuja on a two-count charge
of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny.
Four other soldiers were acquitted.
The convicted soldiers, mostly officers
involved in the fight against the Boko Haram
terrorists in Northeast Nigeria, are to die on
stakes, by firing squad.
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The soldiers, attached to the 7 Division,
Nigerian Army in Maiduguri include two
Corporals, Cpl, nine Lance Corporals, LCpl and
49 Private soldiers.
The charge sheet said the soldiers conspired
to commit mutiny against the authorities of
the 7 Division on August 4, at the Mulai
Primary School camp, opposite AIT Maiduguri,
Borno State.
The soldiers are the second batch of Nigerian
soldiers condemned to death by Nigerian
Military courts for mutiny.
The trial of the soldiers began on October 15
on allegations they disobeyed orders to join
operations against the extremist group, Boko
Haram.
All the accused soldiers pleaded not guilty to
the charges.
The prosecutor, J.E. Nwosu, an army Captain,
alleged 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.

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