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27 convicted soldiers: Army releases record of proceedings

By Ola Ajayi

IBADAN—The military has released the record of proceedings to enable counsels to the 27 convicted soldiers appeal the seven years imprisonment imposed on them by the army authorities.

This was disclosed by one of the counsels to the convicted soldiers, Mr. Peters Ike Adonu, while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan weekend.

A court martial in Akure had found the soldiers guilty of treason for protesting over  their unpaid allowances during their peace keeping mission in Liberia which they claimed were not paid to them by the army authorities.

They were sentenced to life imprisonment while some other were either demoted or compulsorily retired by the army. After closer examination, the army authorities later commuted their sentence to 7 years.  But dissatisfied, the 27 soldiers through their counsels, Mr. Femi Falana and Adonu Peters appealed the sentence.

While addressing newsmen, Adonu, also hinted that the appeal had been filed and that it would be due for hearing on the 9th December,2009 at the Court of Appeal, Benin city. But he argued that the soldiers had already stayed in detention well over 12 months before their trial.


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