Army Acquits 57 Soldiers Sentenced to Death in December

There’s news that a special court martial of the Nigerian Army has
discharged and acquitted 57 soldiers who were charged with losing their
weapons and going on an Absence Without Official Leave, AWOL while
battling insurgents last year.

In December last year, the soldiers were charged with conspiracy to
commit mutiny after their revolt led to the death of some of their
colleagues in a duel with insurgents. They claimed that their
weapons were inferior to the enemy’s at the time.

The court martial, which sat at the Army Headquarters Garrison in
Abuja, however convicted 15 other accused soldiers sentencing them to
one year prison sentences each.

A source in the office of the National Security Adviser, who spoke with Post Nigeria reportedly confirmed the report.


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