Death Sentences of Nigerian Soldiers May Be Reviewed

Nigeria's incoming president Muhammadu Buhari may review the death sentences of 66 soldiers convicted for refusing to fight Boko Haram. He said that he was now confident the soldiers, who said they lacked weapons to take on the Islamist insurgents, would not be executed and face justice. This week it was revealed another 579 soldiers face trial over indiscipline. Army spokesman Sani Usman said the courts martial, currently taking place in the capital, Abuja, were to ensure professionalism in the army. Femi Falana, who is a prominent human rights lawyer and represented some of the 66 sentenced to death for conspiracy, cowardice and mutiny last year, said the Nigerian government had failed to adequately equip the units fighting the insurgency in the north-east.