Nigerian military
Nigerian military

Spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a statement made available to Xinhua that 71 soldiers were arraigned on several charges in joint trials.

Nigerian military
Nigerian military
He said the soldiers were arraigned on several count charges that include criminal conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mutiny, mutiny among others.

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According to him, the soldiers 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 five were discharged and acquitted and one was given 28 days Imprisonment with Hard Labor (IHL).

Following series of petitions, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, ordered a legal review of the cases.

The directive was carried out to examine the merit of each case.

It was on the basis of the review and recommendations that the Chief of Army Staff commuted the death sentences of the 66 soldiers to 10 years jail term. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The cases of other soldiers are being reviewed and will be made public once the appropriate reviews are completed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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