12 Soldiers Sentenced To Death By Firing Squad Due To Attack On GOC

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13 out of the 18 soldiers standing trial for mutiny and other offences, were found guilty by a military court sitting in Abuja, on Monday.

The 12 of the convicted soldiers were sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny, one was jailed for 28 days with hard labour, while five were discharged and acquitted.

It would be recalled it was reported on May 14, that some soldiers, angered by the death of 12 of their colleagues in a Boko Haram ambush, opened fire on the vehicle of the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, Ahmadu Mohammed in Maiduguri.

Such act is viewed in the military as mutiny.

Those discharged are Naaman Samuel, Iseh Ubong, David Robert, Mohammed Sani and Sebastine Gwaba, while Jeremiah Echocho was sentenced to 28 days with hard labour.

Others who were sentenced to death 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 soldiers were charged with six count of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny, disobeying lawful orders and various acts inimical to the military service.

The nine-member all military Court Martial headed by the President of the Court Martial, Maj. Gen. C.C. Okonkwo, found the soldiers guilty of insubordinate behaviour, use of abusive language, leveling false accusation against their superior officers, among others.

The 12 soldiers sentenced to death were found guilty of three of the most heinous charges bars.

Apparently it was gathered that the GOC’s visit coincided with the arrival of the corpses of soldiers killed in an ambush in Chibok on the night of May 13, 2014 which triggered the soldiers anger.

Meanwhile after the attack, the General Of¬ficer Commanding (GOC), Major General Abubakar Mohammed who luckily escaped death was immediately redeployed and replaced by Brigadier General Mahmid Yakubu Ibrahim.



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