NIGERIA sentenced 54 soldiers to death on Wednesday for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamist extremists.
The court-martial charges were connected to the soldiers’ refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Boko Haram in August.
Lawyer for the condemned men Femi Falana said that the 54 were convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad.
Five soldiers were acquitted.
They were all accused of “conspiring to commit mutiny against the army’s seventh division,” which is on the front line of the fighting.
Troops regularly complain that they are outgunned by Boko Haram, are not paid in full and are abandoned on the battlefield without enough ammunition or food.
Boko Haram has seized a string of towns and villages and declared an Islamic caliphate.
Thousands of people have been killed in the five-year Islamic uprising that has driven some 1.3 million people from their homes.