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Metro Agbakoba Sues Nigerian Army Over Death Sentence Passed on 12 Soldiers


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Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has sued the Nigerian Army before an Abuja Federal High Court over the death sentence passed on the 12 soldiers.

On September 16, 2014 a nine-man GCM passed a guilty verdict on the 12 Nigerian soldiers guilty of muitiny and the men were sentenced to death by firing squad.

Agbakoba, however, is now challenging the legality of the military tribunal.

#PUNCH has this story:

The senior advocate said, “The independence and impartiality of the court martial was not secured in the trial of the soldiers. This is because all those who participated in the events related to the court martial were Army officers. They were the investigators, the prosecutors, the president, the judge advocate, the waiting member, and other members of the court martial.”

The suit filed under the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009 is seeking, among other reliefs, “a declaration that the convening and composition of the Army General Court Martial which convicted and sentenced the 12 soldiers to death by firing squad for various offences on September 16, 2014 is contrary to Section 36(1) of the Constitution of the Nigeria, 1999.”

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Source: #PUNCH