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54 Soldiers Sentenced To Death For Mutiny

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A court martial has sentenced 54 Nigerian soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny.The soldiers were attached to the 7th division of the Nigerian army stationed in Maiduguri Borno state.All of the convicted Soldiers were from the rank of Corporals and Lance Corporals to Private Soldiers.They were charged with disobeying superior officers when ordered to join operations against Boko Haram, led by a Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Opurum,the offence  punishable under section 52(1)(a)of the Armed forces Act cap A20 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.According to Lieutenant Colonel Oppurum's testimony,the special forces under his command were ordered to recapture the town of Delwa in order to clear the way for advancing battallions proceeding to capture Babulin and Damboa from Boko Haram insurgents,but most of the 174 soldiers in his unit had refused to join the operation after which he advanced with only 4 officers and 29 soldiers.After they came under a heavy barrage of fire from the insurgents who outnumbered them and had superior weapons, 47 of the soldiers who had initially refused joined them.It must be noted that the soldiers had refused to obey orders due to lack of superior weapons which the lieutenant Colonel admitted under cross examination.The human rights activist and lawyer Mr Femi Falana represents the soldiers.

While the soldiers had to be disciplined to send a clear and strong message to others that, insurrections of any sort will not be tolerated by the Army high command,i think they must also take responsibility considering their failure to provide the needed equipments to the soldiers facing insurgents with superior ammunitions.A really sad and unfortunate situation all round.

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