SOLDIERS ON DEATH ROW MOVED TO UNDERGROUND CELL

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The 12 soldiers condemned to death by a military court-martial have been moved to military facilities in Kainji in Niger State and Lagos.

Leadership reports that the soldiers had been moved to an underground cell at the military intelligence Headquarters in Apapa, Lagos State.

The paper said that they are facing inhuman treatment at the underground cell where they are kept.

The soldiers were tried and convicted for mutiny by a military court-martial last week.
According to sources, “About 10am on Sunday, somebody called to tell me that the condemned soldiers were about to be moved to an unknown destination. While going, they (officers conveying the condemned soldiers) stopped over at Kanji, Niger State, to drop some people and then moved to Lagos from there.

“When they got to Lagos, they were taken to Military Intelligence Headquarters where they were kept in an underground cell without any window. Since the death sentence was passed on them, they have not been well fed.

“With the kind of treatment meted out to them, their chances of survival are very slim. They still have the right of appeal and should be treated well so that they don’t die in custody before the appeal is filed, heard and determined.”

Since the verdict was passed on the soldiers, many Nigerians have been appealing to the military authorities to reduce their sentence, with some even appealing to President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene.

Source: Leadership

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