54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: lawyer

Some 59 Nigerian soldiers (C) face a military court in Abuja on October 15, 2014 on charges of mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny over claims that they refused to fight Boko Haram militantsA Nigerian military court on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said. In a similar case in September, 12 soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after firing on their commanding officer in the northeast city of Maiduguri, where troops are battling against Boko Haram. Frontline troops have consistently complained that they lack the weapons and other supplies needed to face Boko Haram in insurgent strongholds. After Boko Haram captured a series of towns in the northeast earlier this year, the military vowed to retake all lost territory.

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