Lagos lawyers, Femi Falana (SAN), on Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant pardon to 70 soldiers found guilty of mutiny by various military courts since 2014.
He made the request in a letter written to the President dated December 19, 2016.
The soldiers whose death sentence had since been committed to 10 years imprisonment are currently held in custody at the Ikoyi and Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos.
Falana argued that since the demand of the convicted soldiers and others for weapons found justification in the criminal diversion of the huge funds provided for the purchase of arms and armament to fight the terrorists, there was no legal and moral justification for the conviction and sentences imposed on them by the courts-martial.
“In Your Excellency’s interview aired by the BBC Hausa service on December 28, 2015 you rightly observed that “The government at that time sent the soldiers to the battlefield without arms and ammunition to prosecute the war. That was what led some of them to mutiny. They were arrested and detained because of this.”