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.