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Illegal detention: 66 convicted soldiers sue minister, prison boss

by Kunle Awosiyan

A total of SIXTY SIX soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny by a General Court Martial SIX YEARS AGO, but subsequently given presidential amnesty, have urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order their release from Lagos prisons.

The convicted soldiers, whose death penalty was commuted to 10 years’ imprisonment by the confirming authority, and the sentence further reduced via an amnesty granted by President Muhammadu Buhari are currently detained at Kirikiri Maximum and Ikoyi Maximum Correctional Centres.

.The plaintiffs, through their lawyer, Mrs Funmi Falana, contended in their fundamental rights enforcement suits that their continued detention “despite the amnesty granted them by President Muhammadu Buhari since April NINE TWENTY TWENTY is illegal and unconstitutional”.

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