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Court Martial: 59 soldiers to know fate tonight

… Journalists barred from Mogadishu barracks

By Kingsley Omonobi

There were indications Wednesday night,  that the General Court Martial sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison trying 59 soldiers for conspiracy to mutiny will deliver judgment but stern looking soldiers posted at the entry gate into the Mogadishu Barracks, turned journalist away, saying they had instructions not to allow the media into the barracks.

It will be recalled that the 59 soldiers who are serving in the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state, allegedly refused lawful orders by their commander to proceed on a mission to clear out terrorists and secure a town for subsequent military deployments.

File: Court martial
File: Court martial

All the soldiers had pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them at the commencement of the trial last October.

The sentences from similar trials in the past carried death sentence, life imprisonment or demotion of rank and jail sentences with hard labour.

As at the time of filing this report, 8pm, the General Court Martial was yet to commence proceedings for the judgment to be delivered.


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