Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mutiny: Soldiers Justified When They Claimed They Were Ill-Equipped- Ubani

Former chairman of Ikeja branch of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Monday Ubani, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to stop the execution of soldiers sentenced to death on Monday by the Army, through the power bestowed on him as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces.

Ubani said that though mutiny was a criminal offence in the military, the convicted soldiers, however, had a right to appeal the decision at a higher court.

He also appealed to the military authorities to temper justice with mercy and  consider the circumstances that led the soldiers into shooting at their GOC.


Ubani stated that the fact that President Jonathan had asked for money to procure new equipment to prosecute the war showed that the soldiers were justified when they claimed they were ill-equipped.

Ubani said:  “The issue of mutiny is a criminal offence under the military law. And if they have succeeded in proving all the ingredients of the offence, and they have convicted them at the tribunal, I think they have a right to appeal and exhaust their appellate rights at a higher court.


“But this is where tempering justice with mercy comes in. Because we must take into cognizance the circumstances in which they have to fire at their boss.

13 comments:

  1. Femi Falana equally said a similar thing on Channels TV yesterday 17 sept , he said the judgment of the martial court should be appealed since their claims for mutiny was correct .

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  2. Thank you Mr. Ubani for being very candid and objective. We need more people of Timber and caliber to voice out in this matter to overturn the "useless military judgement". The combatant are the "true heroes" of Nigeria, their lives are pushed and put on the line whenever we have security challenges. They should be better treated and timely rewarded for their sacrifices. And I think it's high time a body is set up to check the excesses of the "senior boys" in the military, who hide under the camouflage of charges like 'mutiny' to maltreat and rob the junior ones. We still have some of them languishing in jail for protesting against their entitlement that were denied of, after an ECOMOG mission.

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  3. I also feel they should forgive them

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  4. Jonathan should stop it

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  5. God bless you and your generation ooo Mr Ubani. pleaseeeeee mr president tamper justice with mercy. bikoooo

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  6. Sir, even if they were not properly armed or equipped, it is not an excuse to revolt. They should have known what the consequences of their actions would be before embarking on mutiny. All the same it is an unfortunate thing to happen.

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  7. THE SOLDIERS WERE PROBABLY PUSHED TO THE WALL

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  8. How can you send a man to the battlefield to fight against men who possess more sophisticated weapons than him?

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  9. Lives of soldiers continue to be wasted every day because they lack basic fighting tools like sophisticated weapons and ammunitions.

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  10. I hope the military won't come for this man

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  11. Infact military as a body in Nigeria has become a mess up.we want their barraks empty let all d sodiers including the Generals go war front, no exemption in military anymore.some Generals have no fought war b4 in life time till they retired,this is a time 4 all of them 2 fight war of Boko Haram sect.they shouldn't sit in d Barracks executing their nonsense law.is it possible 2 fight a war. Without equipement?they squandered our Billion of naira everyday without a solution 2 a problem of Boko Haram sect.

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