Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, yesterday petitioned the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, over ‎the unjust treatment meted out to three groups of soldiers who are either being prosecuted or convicted at the General Courts-Martial.
Falana, in his petition dated September 5, is asking for a review of the soldiers cases based on the provisions of Section 149 of the Armed Forces Act and Section 42 of the Constitution.
The petition addressed to Buratai’s office was titled, “Petition brought pursuant to Section 149 of the Armed Forces Act and Section 42 of the constitution for the review of the cases of convicted officers, soldiers and others who are on trial.”
‎The lawyer argued that the judgment of the courts-martial sentencing some soldiers to death for mutiny constitute a grave injustice in view of the ‘belated’ revelation by the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh (retd.), “that the armed forces led by him lacked the equipment to fight the insurgents in the North-East.’’
The statement reads in part, “Following the commendable decision of the Buhari administration and the military authority to reinstate 3,032 officers and soldiers who were illegally dismissed from the Nigerian Army last year, we have been instructed by three groups of officers and soldiers to appeal to your good self to review the unjust treatment meted out to them over their role in the prosecution of the war on terror. They are: “The 70 soldiers who were convicted and sentenced to death in September and December 2014 by two General Courts-Martial whose findings have not been confirmed.’’

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