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Mutiny: A’Court halts execution of two convicted soldiers

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has ordered the Nigerian Army to stop any plan to execute two among the 12 soldiers convicted by the General Court Martial in Abuja on September 15, 2014.

Justice Abubakar Abdulkadir-led appeal panel had made the order on Monday but a copy of the enrolled order was only released to journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

The court ordered the Nigerian Army to stay execution of the sentence with regard to Lance Corporal Igonmu Emmanuel and Private Andrew Ngbede pending the hearing and determination of their appeal against the death penalty passed on them by the GCM.

The appellate court also ordered the Nigerian Army to avail them and their lawyers copies of the record of proceedings of the General Court Martial.

One of the convicted soldiers, Lance Corporal Stephen Clement, had also filed a separate application for stay of execution of the GCM’s sentence but had yet to be heard by the Court of Appeal.

Other convicts had also filed their appeals and applications for stay of execution of the sentence.

The rest of the convicts include Corporals David Musa, David Robert, Jasper Baidolor, Mohammed Sani.

They also include Lance Corporals Friday Onuh and Yusuf Shuaibu.

Others are Privates Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Anukabe, Alao Samuel, Allan Linus, Namaan Samuel, Ichocho Jeremiah, Sebastine Amah and Amadi Chukwudi.

The GCM, presided over by Maj. Gen. C.C. Okonkwo, had on September 15, 2014 sentenced 12 out the soldiers who were together standing trial for mutiny, to death.

The soldiers were said to have on May 14, 2014 fired shots at the General Officer Commanding the newly created 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mohammmed, in Maiduguri.

The soldiers were tried on sundry charges ranging from disobedience to particular order, insubordination, false accusation criminal behavior, conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny under the Armed Forces Act 2004.

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