Gist: The 12 Soldiers Who Attacked Their GOC In Maiduguri Have Been Sentenced To Death  (Read 3115 times)

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13 out of the 18 soldiers standing trial for participating in the mutiny (revolt action) against their General Officer Commanding, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mohammed at the newly created 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri on May 12th have been sentenced to death by a military court that sat in Abuja yesterday night September 15th.
Five others were discharged and acquitted while one was jailed for 28 days with hard labor. Continue

The soldiers had on May 14th revolted against poor remuneration and lack of sophisticated weapons to fight Boko Haram. On that particular day, the soldiers lost their cool after seeing the corpse of some of their colleagues killed by Boko Haram men. They immediately opened fire on their GOC, who luckily escaped unhurt.
The President of the Court Martial (military court), Maj. Gen. C.C. Okonkwo, while delivering his judgement said the 12 soldiers were found guilty of criminal conspiracy, mutiny, attempt to commit murder (shooting at the vehicle of the GOC); insubordination to a particular order; insubordination and false accusation.
Those sentenced are Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onuh, Yusuf Shuaibu, Igonmu Emmanuel, Andrew Ugbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukagba, Alao Samuel, Amadi Chukwuma, Alan Linus, and Stephen Clement.
The legal team of the convicts pleaded with the court martial to be lenient and temper justice with mercy stating that some of the men convicted were the sole providers of their families. One of the convict is said to be the only child of his 80 year old mother while another is said to be the father of a 5-month old baby. The legal team argued that giving them maximum sentence would do more harm than good, adding that it would increase the agony of their dependants.
Other members of the court are: Col. TS Nurseman, Col. TO Olowomeye, Col. IG Lassa, Lt.Col. JK Feboke, Lt. Col. CR Nnebeife, Major I Yusuf, Major TA Yakubu and Major AE Martins.
Lt. Col. AA Audu and Lt. Col. U Ukpe served as prosecutors.


But why? The death Sentence On Soldiers Too Harsh - TUC
by flukky01 « Reply #1 on: September 17, 2014, 09:06:50 AM »

Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has criticised the military hierarchy for passing death sentence on 12 soldiers over alleged mutiny, describing it as too harsh and capable of demoralising other military personnel in the country.

The soldiers were said to have mutinied against the authority of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri on May 14.

In all, 18 soldiers were tried by court martial, 12 were condemned to death, one was given a light sentence and five were set free.

All of them were charged with six counts of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny, mutiny, attempt to commit murder, disobedience to particular orders, insubordinate behaviour and false accusation described as acts against the military service rules and thus punishable.

Those to die by firing squad include: Cpl. Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onu, Yusuf Shuaibu, Emmanuel Igomu, Andrew Ngbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukhagbe, Alao Samuel, Amadi Chukwudi, Alan Linus and Stephen Clement.

President of the TUC, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, while reacting to the outcome of the court martial that condemned the affected soldiers to death, though, commended the effort of the military to retain the discipline that it was noted for.


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