Mutiny: Primate Pleads with FG to Spare Soldiers’ Lives

Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has pleaded with the Federal Government to spare the lives of 12 soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny. Okoh made the plea today in Abuja while speaking to journalists at the 2014 Anglican Communicators Conference at St. Mathias Anglican Church, Zone 3, Wuse.

Okoh said the government should consider the soldiers’ defense and patriotic service, which they had rendered to the nation. “Military Law is a very strict law; we want to make an appeal to the Nigerian Army to tamper justice with mercy and spare their lives.

“The soldiers have invested their lives in the defense of the nation; the government should not only see their errors but should equally see the good they have done.

“So, it is left for President Goodluck Jonathan to consider that human beings can make mistakes, and also consider to forgive them,” he said.

A nine-member military tribunal presided over by Brig-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo convicted the soldiers. The military men were sentenced to death September 16, 2014, by a General Court Marshal of the Nigerian Army for attempting to kill their General Officer Commanding, Maj-Gen. Ahmed Mohammed, on May 14, 2014 in Maiduguri.

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