A heartbreaking development of the story about the soldiers’ mutiny, which was followed by the severe court punishment.
It would be recalled that the military court, on December 17, sentenced 54 soldiers to death over mutiny.
The convicts attached to the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, disobeyed orders to join operations against Boko Haram on August 4.
They were accused of conspiring to commit mutiny against the Division authorities.
Lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), expressed shock over the court verdict saying:
“Instead of bringing such unpatriotic officers to book, the military authorities have engaged in the diversionary tactics of wasting the lives of innocent soldiers by sentencing them to death without any legal justification.”
According to Premium Times, one of the convicted soldiers used his Facebook account after the sentence announcement to post this heartbreaking message.
“Hello ladies and gentlemen. I am soldier and I am sentenced to death by the Nigerian Army. (be) Cause we did not go to fight Boko Haram without equipment. We ask for weapon instead (they) gave (us) death sentence.”
In his earlier Facebook post dating back to May 25 Fahat stated, all with capital letters: “AM PROUD TO BE A SOLDIER”…
See more photos of they young man from his Facebook page:
It would be noted that this controversial case is another in a row. It comes after the death sentence verdict was announced in relation to 12 soldiers over the mutiny, which occurred at Maimalari Military Barracks on May 14, 2014.