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Maiduguri Soldiers Who Opened Fire on their Commander Sentenced to Death




The Maiduguri soldiers who opened fire on their own commander, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, in May, have been sentenced to death.

You will recall that the soldiers were unhappy because their commander allegedly has not provided them with adequate weapons to fight the war against Boko Haram militants.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a court-martial in Abuja on Tuesday sentenced 12 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny.

The court, which handed the judgment at 1:35 a.m, also handed a one-month jail sentence on a soldier and freed five others.

The condemned soldiers are Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onun, Yusuf Shuaibu,  Igomu Emmanuel and Andrew Ngbede.

The others are Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukhagbe, Alao Samuel,  Amadi Chukwudi, Allan Linus and Stephen Clement.

The President of the Court, C.C. Okonkwo, while announcing the sentences, however, said that the decisions were subject to “confirmation’’.

Eighteen soldiers were arraigned on a six-court charge bordering on inciting mutiny against the GOC, 7 Division, Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, Maj-Gen. Ahmed Mohammed, on May 14.

While five of the accused were discharged and acquitted,  Ichocho Jeremiah was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment with hard labour for being absent without official leave.

The 12 condemned men were found guilty of munity, which attracts death by firing squad, and also sentenced to life in jail for criminal conspiracy and attempt to commit murder.

David Luhbut, Muhammed Sani, Iseh Ubong, Sabastine Gwaba and Inama Samuel were set free by the court.

Photo Credit: ThisDay


  1. geeeeh

    September 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

    killing fellow soldiers but cant kill captured terrorist…….,God is watching.

  2. Diesel

    September 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Very sure that commandant is a Boko Haram informant , God ll surely punish all this powerful people

    • freedom

      September 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      sack those soldiers. one of them has an evil spirit and will couse disasters to who he want to when HE come out

  3. mrs chidukane

    September 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Please oh,what we need now is all hands on deck,not killing of the few that are ready to risk their lives for this country. They should free them jare.

  4. Beeeee

    September 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Completely ridiculous

  5. Gistyinka Blog

    September 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

    So sad for this betrayers soldiers..

  6. RO2

    September 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Unfortunately that’s how it works in the military but Oga at the top be lenient Prison with hard labour instead of death. will make them learn and not to disobey rule No. 1,

  7. Anonymous

    September 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Mutiny is a sin in the NA code and conduct…… God help us.

  8. Que

    September 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Very very sad story and verdict anyway you look at it….. but opening fire on your GOC??….its better to have gone AWOL to make their case. Maybe there’s a chance it might be turned around b4 the confirmation.

  9. philip musa

    September 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Free them jare

  10. aisha

    September 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

    This is just ridiculously useless! If their useless ogas had provided them with the weapons they needed to engage the Boko Harams, all this would not have happened….

  11. sum1special

    September 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    This is unheard of.

  12. Suwa

    September 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I have to say this is utter nonsense! They want to kill these men for what???? Opening fire when they knew their dead colleagues were been set up in an ambush to be killed??? Opening fire out of bitterness that they know these dead colleagues families will not be compensated fairly??? poor ammunition!!! and little compensation for putting their lives at risk!! I am sure these men have been tortured already! Killing them buy firing squad is senseless! Also not that 9 out of the 12 are from the east and west! Those behind the grief of this nation will be disgraced like king Nebuchadnezzar and the men in the army understand fully well what happened to that King in the bible

    • Troll 101

      September 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Bring tribalism into it you hear……we need to stop thinking like this, it’s bringing us back, Nigeria will never progress if we keep this up

  13. Suwa

    September 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm


  14. Wale

    September 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    If they kill these men, mutiny or no mutiny, they will make more junior officers mad and a coup will almost be guaranteed. It is junior officers that run the army and they usually engineer most coups. These men only wanted to be better equipped to fight a war. Their commanders are a bunch of fat,greedy lawless men that send unprepared men into the fronts while they embezzle money, eat pepper soup and chase women. Sometimes mutiny is necessary to correct weak or incompetent military leaders. I have been hoping for a coup-I sure hope this makes it happen. We need to rid ourselves of this government and have fresh beginning.

  15. NNENNE

    September 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Death sentence?
    Can’t they punish them in other ways?
    Discharge them from the army or send them to jail, for instance?

  16. Iris

    September 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Slapping a band aid over a festering wound instead of tackling the root problem of corruption in the military…when are they going to address the case of the soldiers who burnt Lagos BRT buses? And I don’t mean sentencing them to death.

  17. The K

    September 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Did it really have to get to this?? This might rather lead to more insubordination or disloyalty from their peers who would obviously feel bad with such a decision. As it is subject to “confirmation”, i hope it doesn’t get confirmed. There has to be some other way of punishing them.

  18. Nori

    September 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    This is no fun, at all!

  19. Estility

    September 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    God is watching

  20. chi

    September 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    unfortunately, this is the army code anywhere in the world (apart from states without the death penalty) and it exists for a reason. unfortunately theres a root issue untreated in all of this

  21. Naija sha

    September 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    In the past, ‘military officer(s) had attacked, and even killed CIVILIANS, without any repercussion/penalty………they go scot-free.
    And now, junior military officers attacked senior military officer & they ‘re sentenced to DEATH.
    SMH! I rest my case

  22. Tjand

    September 16, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Absolutely ridiculous.. you do not have the Military might to take on BH and the ones you do not arm well-enough for them to defend our land, out of your own greed and ineptitude, you decide to Kill ?! How does this even sound ? How is this Justice ? God will demand thier blood from all you greedy fat fools , that is if the others in the army do not ask of it 1st !

  23. tunmi

    September 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Can this be appeased to a lesser sentence? Say dishonorably discharged or have them de-rankeded or something?

  24. El Grande RAJ

    September 17, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Break Nigeria

  25. Nwachukwu Hycieth Freedom Uzoma

    September 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I still wonder why they sentence those soldiers to death by firing and our federal govt. kept quite doing nothing. We are fighting with and against Boko Haram and those soldiers shot at that General because he is a Boko Haram informant. Do they think that those junior soldiers don`t know them as one? If he is not one, why must he persuade them to return that night knowing that the road could be dangerous? Secondly, why did`nt he provide them with capable weapons to fight the Boko Boys? I must tell you with my church mind, 80 percent of our so called Army Generals are behind the Boko Haram sects. If it is not so, how are they getting all these military uniforms and vehicles?. If FG allow those 12 soldier to be killed, the destruction that will allude this country will be worse than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.

  26. overmandey

    February 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    datz foppery, it compound capital madness, Is d incredulous imbecility of d highest order. datz bankruptcy, is robootnic is madnezz.

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