A military court martial has began the trial of 59 soldiers in Abuja for alleged criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny and for disobeying the order of their commanding officer in Maiduguri, Borno state capital on August 4, 2014 in Maiduguri.
The accused soldiers were also charged with mutiny for refusing to obey the orders of their commanding officer, Lt. Col. Timothy Opurum, of the 111 Special Forces Battalion, to take part in an operation.
The judge advocate, Lt. Col Ukpe Ukpe, who read the charges to them, said the operation in question was meant to recapture Yelwa, Bellabulini, and Damboa in Borno State.
Although, the Army authorities initially planned to charge 60 soldiers for mutiny, the charges against one of the accused was dropped because of ill health.
The lead prosecutor, Capt. Joseph Nwosu, called the attention of the court to the