Army Commute Death Sentences on 66 Officers to Imprisonment

The Nigerian Army has commuted the death sentences by firing squad passed on 66 soldiers early this year by separate General Court Martials.
The death sentences have been commuted to 10 years imprisonment each, Col Sani Usman, Army spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday.
Seventy one soldiers were arraigned on 2014 on several count charges that included 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 71, 66 were found guilty on some of the charges and sentenced to death, while five were discharged and acquitted and one was given 28-day imprisonment with hard labour.
Col Usman said following a series of petitions, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai ordered a review of the cases.
“The directive was carried out to examine the merit of each case,” the Army spokesperson said in the statement.
“It was on the basis of the review and recommendations that the COAS commuted the death sentences of the 66 soldiers to 10-year jail term.
Usman said the cases of other soldiers tried and convicted by other court martials were being reviewed and would be made public once appropriate reviews were completed.

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