Report just emerging suggests that 57 soldiers sentenced to death by a court marshal have been acquitted. A special court martial of the Nigerian Army discharged and acquitted 57 of the soldiers who were charged with losing their weapons and going on an Absence Without Official Leave, AWOL while battling insurgents last year.
Towards late last year, the soldiers were charged with conspiracy to commit mutiny after their revolt led to the death of some of their colleagues in a duel with insurgents. They claimed that their weapons were inferior to the enemy’s at the time.
The court martial, which sat at the Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja, however convicted 15 other accused soldiers sentencing them to one year prison sentences each.
A source in the office of the National Security Adviser, who spoke with Post Nigeria confirmed the report.