Nigerian Army Commutes Death Sentences Of 66 Soldiers To Jail Terms

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The death sentences by firing squad passed on 66 soldiers in January and March 2015 by separate General Court Martials have been commuted to 10 years imprisonment each.Soldiers

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This was contained in the statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

The army had in January and March 2015 in separate courts martial sentenced the 66 soldiers to death by firing squad for several count charges that included criminal conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mutiny, mutiny, attempt to commit an offence (murder), disobedience to particular orders, insubordinate behaviour and false accusation, among others.

They were tried, discharged on some charges but found guilty and convicted on other charges, which included mutiny.

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66 out of the 71, suspects were found guilty on some of the charges and sentenced to death, while five were discharged and acquitted and one was given 28-day imprisonment with hard labour.

Mr. Usman, a colonel said following a series of petitions, the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, ordered a legal review of the cases.



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