Femi Falana Seeks Presidential Pardon For Convicted Soldiers

Femi Falana (SAN)

Respected/Activist Nigerian lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), yesterday petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to grant presidential pardon for the 70 soldiers who are serving different jail terms in Lagos Ikoyi and the Kirikiri Prisons.

The silk, in a letter dated December 19 said his request was in line with the provisions of Section 175 of the Constitution.

The letter reads in part: “We are counsel to the 70 soldiers who are currently held in custody at the Ikoyi and Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos State. “We have the instructions of our clients to write this letter of appeal to Your Excellency.

“Our clients were charged with mutiny before court-martial for demanding weapons to fight the well-equipped insurgents in the north east zone.
In a bid to divert attention of the public from the criminal diversion of the huge fund earmarked for procurement of arms and ammunition to fight the terrorists, out clients were convicted and sentenced to death by the court-martial which tried them in 2014.”

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