Four more soldiers were sentenced to death by the Nigerian court martial in Abuja over mutiny.
This comes after the recent scandalous death verdict delivered to the 54 soldiers who refused to join the anti Boko Haram operation. The strict punishment caused criticism among the Nigerians, with many of them begging to halt the execution.
The soldiers reasoned their disobedience with the fact that the authorities had not provided the necessary equipment for the fight. One of them later said: “We ask for weapon instead (they) gave (us) death sentence.”
Lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), characterized the trial as unfair and urged the military officials to change the death sentence to imprisonment for the sake of justice.
While this case is still being tracked by reactions, another set of soldiers received the death penalty verdict December 24, Premium Times reports.
Bankole Taiwo (lance corporal), Ayodele Olawale (lance corporal), Isaiah Olofu (lance corporal) and Adebayo Gbenga (private) were found guilty and convicted.
Trials of similar character have recently become often. It was reported yesterday that at least 100 soldiers were transported from Maiduguri to Abuja to face court martial over a series of offences related to the army fight against Boko Haram. It is not clear however when the troops will be arraigned.