Army commutes soldiers’ death sentence

The Nigerian Army on Saturday commuted the death sentence handed to 66 soldiers earlier this year to 10 years imprisonment.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said this in a statement on Saturday.
The 66 out of 72 soldiers tried for mutiny and other charges were sentenced to death by firing squad by military special courts between January and March this year.
The statement said the cases of other soldiers were being reviewed and would be made public once the reviews are completed.
The decision to commute the soldiers’ sentence, the statement said, was taken after thorough consideration of petitions by concerned citizens.

Culled from THE NATION


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