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60 Soldiers Face Trial For Mutiny Today

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60 soldiers of the Nigerian military will on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 be arraigned before a General Court Martial by military authorities in Abuja for mutiny, Punch.

The soldiers will be tried for mutiny they allegedly committed when they refused to join troops in Maiduguri for an operation.

The 60 will be arraigned at the Sani Abacha Barracks in Abuja.

Meanwhile, some of the 12 soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny on September 15, 2014 by the General Court Martial had notified the Court of Appeal of their intention to challenge their sentences.

The soldiers were arraigned before the court martial on a six-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny, disobeying lawful orders and various acts inimical to military service.

Indications had emerged on Sunday that lawyers seeking to file an appeal challenging the conviction of some of the 12 soldiers by the GCM had not been able to have access to them.

There were reports that the convicted soldiers had been moved from the Defence Headquarters Garrison, Abuja to a detention facility at the Directorate of Defence Intelligence, Lagos.

A copy of the charge sheet filed against the new 60 soldiers to face mutiny obtained by Punch in Abuja on Monday reveals that the soldiers, comprising two corporals, nine lance corporals and 49 privates, are to be arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny.

The charge sheet reads:

“Count One: Criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny triable by the General Court Martial by virtue of Section 114 of the AFA Cap A20 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 91(1) of the Penal Code Cap P 89 LFN 2004.

“Particulars of offence: In that you at Mulai Primary School Camp opposite AIT Maiduguri on or about 4 August 2014 conspired to commit mutiny against the authority of 7 Division.

“Count 2: Mutiny contrary to and punishable under section 52(1)(a) of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.

“Particulars of offence: In that you at Mulai Primary School Camp opposite AIT Maiduguri on or about 4 August 2014 refused to join 111 SF BN troops led by Col. E.A. Aladeniyi (N/9695) to Maimalari Barracks in connection with an operation.”

See the names of the soldiers facing trails below:

Soldiers facing trial

Soldiers facing trial

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