Nigerian military charges another 97 soldiers for mutiny, other offences

The Nigerian military on Thursday at the Defence Headquarters Garrison inaugurated a nine-man General Court-Martial to try 97 military personnel.

The personnel are being charged for different offences ranging from mutiny, assault and misconduct to tampering with military property.

Of the 97 soldiers, 66 have been accused of committing mutiny, a crime punishable under the military law by death sentence.

Highly placed military sources told PREMIUM TIMES that among the personnel set to face the General Court Martial include some senior officers: two colonels and some lieutenant colonels.

A list obtained by PREMIUM TIMES which contained names of 60 soldiers, said the soldiers conspired to commit mutiny triable by a General Court Martial.

The soldiers attached to the 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Maiduguri include two Corporals, Cpl, nine Lance Corporals, LCpl and 49 Private soldiers, court martialed on a two-count charge of mutiny and conspiracy to commit the offence.

The charge sheet said the soldiers conspired to commit mutiny against the authorities of the 7 Division on August 4, at the Mulai Primary School camp, opposite AIT Maiduguri, Borno State.

It also said the soldiers refused to join 111 Special Forces battalion troops led by E. A. Aladeniyi, a colonel, to the Maimalari Barracks for an operation.

“In that you at the Mulai Primary School Camp opposite AIT Maiduguri on or about 4 August 14, refused to join 111 SF Bn troops led by Col EA Aladeniyi (N/9695) to Maimalari Barracks in connection with an operation,” the charge sheet read.

The charges came two weeks after a military court sentenced 12 soldiers to death for shooting at a vehicle conveying their commander in Maiduguri.

The sentences await the approval of the army chief.

Five other soldiers were discharged and acquitted while one was sentenced to 28 years jail term with hard labour.

The soldiers were also accused of insurrection and firing at the utility vehicle of their general officer commanding, GOC of the same 7 Division, Ahmadu Mohammed.

Many Nigerians have condemned the death sentences and have demanded they be suspended.

A previous statement by the Army spokesperson, Olajide Laleye, said Thursday’s court martial was in line with efforts by the army to clear all cases relating to violation of the Armed Forces Act.

Mr. Laleye, a brigadier general, said the general court martial would try officers over ongoing military operations in the northeast Nigeria.

Below is a list of 60 of the 97 soldiers facing mutiny and other charges.

1. Cpl Andrew Ogolekwu

2. Cpl Saturday Efa

3. LCpl Henry Shuaibu

4. LCpl James Maifada

5. LCpl Ndubuisi Sabestine

6. LCpl Dauda Dalhatu

7. LCpl Kasega Aoso

8. LCpl Mallam Jacob

9. LCpl Nwonu Friday

10. LCpl Joshua Friday

11. LCpl Anthony Simeon

12. Pte Olayode Oluwasegun

13. Pte Tijjani Jimoh

14. Pte Kabiru Abubakar

15. Pte Mamuda Sywasan

16. Pte James Emmanuel

17. Pte Mukaila Musa

18. Pte Magaji Ahmadu

19. Pte Amao Bukola

20. Pte Wuyep John

21. Pte Oti Kelvin

22. Pte Ameh Mathew

23. Pte Olaitan Joseph

24. Pte Kulukulu Endurance

25. Pte Usman Isaac

26. Pte Ocheje Williams

27. Pte Adila Dangana

28. Pte Sudan Hannania

29. Pte Sunday Godwin

30. Pte Datti Hassan

31. Pte Abubakar Garba

32. Pte Joseph Dauda

33. Pte Chiemela Azubuike

34. Pte Abubakar Mohammed

35. Pte Anagu Mark

36. Pte Danbaba Francis

37. Pte Oton Asuabiat

38. Pte Nwachukwu Udo

39. Pte Ibrahim Saliu

40. Pte Abafe Sylvester

41. Pte Eze Isaac

42. Pte Abubakar Mohammed

43. Pte Samuel Michael

44. Pte Ishaya Musa

45. Pte Ogai Douglas

46. Pte Atim Peter

47. Pte Hemas Okpe

48. Pte Ahunaya Temple

49. Pte Eyaknse Uwah

50. Pte Ilesanmi S.

51. Pte Solomon Ishaku

52. Pte Nasiru Zubairu

53. Pte Audu Daniel

54. Pte Buaz Lucky

55. Pte Muhammed Abubakar

56. Pte Anas Awalu

57. Pte Babangida Jamilu

58. Pte Hashimu Ibrahim

59. Pte Mohammed Suleiman

60. Pte Shehu Sa’adu

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect the new information at our disposal that the number of soldiers facing the Court Martial are actually 97 and not 60 as earlier reported.


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  • Wähala

    In the military discipline is paramount to achieving set goals, it’s where hierarchy and strict adherence to orders by superior officers is of strategic and operational importance. Looking at the ranks of the mutinous soldiers, it portends great danger if privates and lance corporals refuse to take orders from their commanders or even shoot at some of them… whether into the air or sea, that’s mega-irresponsible that must be punished according to military laws and tradition. Anybody joining the forces should budget for injury and sudden death, no one joins the army only to bolt when the shooting starts. It’s either they pay us back our taxpayers’ money used in training them and wasted salaries… or face firing squad. Shikena!

    • Dr Obim

      Wahala, your name alone revealed your Nobility before your inkpen.Ask God what he thinks about you and your kinds Worldwide.Stay blessed!

  • Otile

    This is terrible. What are the Igbo soldiers on this list facing the firing squad for, to keep Nigeria one? God forbid. All the young soldiers on this fatwa list are victims of their own success. They joined the force to help, but as the devil wold have it, they are facing fire both from their own base and from the enemy. This is terrible, ungodly and unexpected. I am sorry for all of them especially the Igbo soldiers who have nothing to gain from this futile war, and the Hausa soldiers who are asked to shoot at their own brothers whose only fault is that they are asking for their independence. This is not my idea of war, this is horrible, a nightmare.

  • OLANIPEKUN

    It is the C-In-C that is on trial here
    It is the Military High Command that is on trial here
    It is the recruitment process of the Armed Forces in the past 10 years or more that is on trial here
    It is statistically improbable for 97 soldiers to be mutinous in an ideal Nation/Armed Forces
    It is the soul of Nigerian/Armed Forces that is mutinous not the soul of 97 + 12 + ?? on ‘trial’ here

    • King Carlos

      Well said

    • Otile

      Ask yourself what these young soldiers are dying for, to keep Nigeria one? Olonwu maje.

  • King Carlos

    I just hope this mutiny here and there will not lead to muti-coup . Because an armed forces that has nevered honoured an officer for heroic acts laid docile to allow unpatriotic men to infiltrate the ranks of the nations national security.

    Nothing showe that the nation is auto pilot better than this. The country Nigeria is a sinking boat with no captain to call the shots. Its so annoying that despite the fact that Nigeria is filled up with men and women of great character, examplary leadership qualities, we are governed by a President like Goodluck Jonathan, whose middle name should be ‘incompetence’.

    I don’t care who the opposition brings forward as a presidential candidate, but the main thing is to get another President come 2015.

    Jonathan is going to be worse in his second term. Forget what politicians and religious leaders are telling you. It is now that I believe that Nigeria is a failed state. The worst governed country in the believe. To be honest, the stability of the country rught now has to do with the never say attitude of a typical Nigerian, always striving to make a living out of nothing. I can bet with anything, Jonathan can’t preside over a local government successfully. YOU CAN’T GIVE WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE.

    We have good leaders in the country that are better than Jonathan, even among the pdp. But the thing is. PDP have been given enough chance to prove themselves, now is the time to look elsewhere.

    • Dr Obim

      Brother King Carlos, I must admit I share same concerns and potential outcomes unless President Jonathan steps in now.Review the cases, comute the sentences.This action will guarantee a United Nigeria to Defeat Boko Haram

  • King Carlos

    How will there be discipline, when judges are being beaten black and blue in a court of law and a police officer like iMbu is calling himself a lion. Is Nigeria a zoo?

    I detest Jonathan and his government with passion. They have made mess of the word ‘governance’ he’s the worst public office holder in Nigeria. I have a message for them, they will go and Nigeria will remain, but it is the duty of all citizens to ensure that we make them face the consequences of their failures by voting them out. If they try to rig…. then…..

  • Fact

    OK, where are the names of the officers I thought they were all charged. Soldiers didn’t beef up with 111bn you idiots are complaining what of the officers who don’t know how to maintain military properties to the extent BH collected it from them.

  • Bayo Ola

    Nice one Tolu. Very brilliant ideas. I would encourage you to push these ideas further up “the ladder”

  • Tiiye

    yeah … Tolu is sensation