Friday, 15 January 2016

Mutiny: Governor Oshiomhole pleads pardon for 66 soldiers

Edo state governor Adams Oshiomhole has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant Presidential pardon to the 66 soldiers whose death sentence were recently commuted to 10 years imprisonment by the Army Authorities for offences ranging from insurbodinate behavior to mutiny, among others. The Governor made this appeal while delivering his speech at the grand finale of the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day on in Benin City today, Friday January 15 .

Oshiomhole said based on the strength of the recent revelations on the $2.1 billion funds for arms purchase which was mismanaged by the last administration, the President should, in the spirit of the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, spare them the jail term but could dismiss them from the Army for their acts of indiscipline.

The Governor while acknowledging the noble role of the Armed Forces in ensuring peace and the unity of the nation even at the cost of paying the supreme sacrifice said it would amount to injustice if the Military Personnel who were sent to the war front without arms were made to wallow in prison while those who diverted the 

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