60 Nigerian soldiers including 2 corporals, 9 Lance corporals and 49 privates who refused to partake in an operation in Maiduguri on August 4th will be arraigned before a military court today Sept. 30th at the Sani Abacha barracks in Abuja for committing two offenses, conspiring to mutiny and mutiny.
According to the charge sheet, on August 4th the soldiers had refused to join the “111 SF Bn troops” led by Col E. A. Aladeniyi to Maimalari Barracks for an operation, thereby committing an offence tagged “conspiring to mutiny” against the authority of the division, an offence punishable under Section 91(1) of the Penal Code Cap P89 LFN 2004 as well as outright mutiny which is punishable under Section 52(1)(a) of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.
The charges are said to be triable in the GCM under Section 114 of the AFA Cap A20 LFN 2004 and punishable under Section 91(1) of the Penal Code Cap P89 LFN 2004.
“We have been trying to get them (the soldiers) to sign for the process; and because we have not been able to get them, we have not been able to complete the process; there are things for them to sign. Nobody has been able to tell us where they are being kept; nobody is volunteering information; nobody has been able to tell us where they are. We are just hearing that they have been moved to the Directorate of Military Intelligence Cell in Lagos. We will make the move so that the process would be filed on their behalf.” he said