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MUTINY! Nigerian Soldiers Death Sentences Commuted To 10 Years Imprisonment

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TY Buratai, Chief Of Army Staff TY Buratai, Chief Of Army Staff

The death sentences by firing squad passed on 66 soldiers in January and March 2015 by separate General Court Martials have been commuted to 10 years imprisonment each. A statement signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman said, 71 soldiers tried for several charges were discharged on some charges but found guilty and convicted on other charges which included mutiny. He added that "Out of the number, 66 were found guilty on some of the count charges and sentenced to death, while 5 were discharged and acquitted and 1 was given 28 days Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL).

"However, following series of petitions, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, ordered a legal review of the cases. The directive was carried out to examine the merit of each case. It was on the basis of the review and recommendations that the Chief of Army Staff commuted the death sentences of the 66 soldiers to 10 years jail term. The sentences are to run concurrently," the statement added.

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