Nigeria Sentences 54 Soldiers To Death For Mutiny, Refusing To Fight Boko Haram

A Nigerian military court sentenced 54 soldiers to death Wednesday, after they were convicted of mutiny. The soldiers’ convictions stem from allegations that they refused to help recapture three towns taken over by Boko Haram, an Islamist group that has been fighting an insurgency in the country’s north since 2009.

A lawyer representing the soldiers said that the 54 were now expected to face execution by firing squad, while five were acquitted by the court, according to the BBC.

Nigerian troops on the front lines of the battle against Boko Haram have complained that they lack the weapons and supplies necessary to tackle the group, which possesses tanks, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other heavy weaponry, according to an AFP report. 

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  • simus1

    Pretty serious.
    Decimation was the penalty for “ordinary mutiny” in the Roman Army and it wasn’t exactly known for its gentle ways. Perhaps they also had something sterner if the enemy was close by at the time of the offense like this event.
    It seems fairly obvious that Boko Haram has some high level supporters in the muslim dominated government and military infrastructure of northern Nigeria. Or perhaps it could be said that BH is for the PR show but mysterious forces can show up when heavy lifting is required for big combat operations against the federal government.

    Perhaps they are being shot because they know too much about the enemy and their own officers.

    • AlanUK

      Contrary to what many believe, decimation meant removal of 1 out of every 10. Thus, from every 10 men, one was chosen by lot and he was then bludgeoned to death by the other 9.
      The Nigerian army seems to have got this a*** about face and are allowing 5 to live while killing the remaining 49.

  • BillyHW

    Why haven’t we given them all the weapons they need to exterminate Boko Haram?

    • Exile1981

      Because the govt of nigeria is funding boko haram and doesnt want its troops outfitted well enough to defeat BH.

  • winniec

    Half of them will be Muslims who know it is a sin to kill a ‘brother’ Muslim, especially ‘holy men’ like the Boko who are imposing Sharia law. The Nigerian Army needs a lot of stuff, especially helicopters. If they can’t do it themselves, they should ask an ally to help them. It’s horrible to leave the country dangling in suspense while these savages rampage and destroy innocent lives. Politicians and military commanders are not doing their jobs. There are Islamist sympathizers at the top that should be cleared out.

  • pdxnag

    Suppose you elect a “Muslim” to any public office in the US. To whom or what will they be loyal? We must face reality, as ugly as it is.