CAS Commutes Death Sentence Of 66 Soldiers To Prison Term

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Sixty-six soldiers who were sentenced to death by firing squad in January and March 2015 by separate General Court Martial have been commuted to 10 years imprisonment each.

It will be recalled that 71 soldiers were arraigned on several charges including 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. Out of the number, 66 were found guilty on some of the count charges and sentenced to death, while 5 were discharged and acquitted and 1 was given 28 days Imprisonment with Hard Labour.

However, following series of petitions, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, ordered a legal review of the cases. Recommendations as a result of the review made the Chief of Army Staff commute the death sentences of the 66 soldiers to 10 years jail term.

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  1. HELP US TELL THEM TO PAY OUR SALARY: People are suffering, die and feeling pain everyday here in the busy of North East, Maiduguri. Our family are crying for help because they have nothing to use to celebrate Xmas even to eat because they have not paid we soldier suffering for this nation, in spate of this Bokoharam issue. We are using this medium opportunity to help us tell the world about this situation of we soldier serving under 1 Div, Kaduna to pay us our salary and arrears because our Family are suffering from this.


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