Nigerian Military court sentences 54 soldiers to death
Abuja (Nigeria), Dec 18: Nigerian Military court has sentenced 54 of its soldiers to death for mutiny.
An officer, who was at the Court Martial, confirmed that 54 of the 59 soldiers were sentenced to death, reported the allAfrica news referring to the General Court Martial sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison in the capital city of Abuja.
The 59 soldiers, who were serving in the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state, allegedly refused lawful orders by their commander to proceed on a mission to clear out terrorists and secure a town for subsequent military deployments.
While the judgment was going on, stern looking soldiers posted at the entry gate into the Mogadishu Barracks, turned back journalists saying they had instructions not to allow the media into the barracks.
All the soldiers had pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them at the commencement of the trial last October. The soldiers are the second batch of Nigerian soldiers.