A group in Bayelsa Sate, Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), has described as “double standard” and “a national disservice,” the death sentence passed on 12 soldiers of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno State, who were found guilty of mutiny.
The group therefore called on the military authority to review the sentence or face a coordinated protest from civil society groups and the entire people of the six geo-political zones of the country.
In a statement by its Chairman, Chief Nengi James, the CLO said “though the Nigerian Army has once again shown its posture and intolerance for acts of indiscipline by its officers and men, the death sentence pronounced against the 12 soldiers over alleged mutiny and insubordination was a disservice to the nation at this time of security challenges.”
It noted that the controversy trailing the retirement of the former General Officer Commanding, GOC, Major General Abubakar Mohammed was a further provocation to the troops and the purportedly convicted soldiers.
“The action of the military authority lacks better judgment and a poor signal to the remaining troops at the war front against the Boko Haram insurgents.”