54 soldiers including two Corporals, 9 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 the Capital City, Abuja today, December 17, 2014. The soldiers were convicted on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny.
According to the charge sheet, they conspired to commit mutiny against their superior at the 7 Division on August 4, 2014 at the Mulai Primary School camp, opposite AIT Maiduguru.
The army captain who is the prosecutor, J. E Nwosu, told the court mashal that the accused soldiers had on Agust 4, 2014, in Maiduguri, refused to join the 111 Special Force Batallion troops, commanded by Timothy Opurum, a Lieut. Col. for an operation which was meant to recapture Delwa, Damboa and Bulabulin in Borno State from members of the 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