Some ex-soldiers have revealed how they were sentenced to death following their alleged demand for weapons to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the Northern part of the country. The affected individuals narrated their ordeals during an interview on Sahara TV.
The fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the country has been going on for some years. So far, the dreaded terrorist group has carried out criminal activities such as killing, kidnapping amongst others. Some former soldiers have since shared their experience concerning the fight against Boko Haram.
Speaking during an interview with the ex-soldiers, Mark said, “We arrived in Maiduguri on the 19th of September, 2013 and we were there until 2014. In 2014 however, we were sentenced to death by firing squad after we demanded weapons to fight Boko Haram terrorists. They eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison after we were transferred to Lagos State
Narrating further, Mark added, “We were released from prison today but many innocent people are suffering in prison. We beg the government to help us because we still wish to carry on with our jobs in the army, we presently have nothing else to do. My mother passed away over this issue, I don’t know where to go. I plan to travel to my hometown in Taraba State, I am an indigene of Wukari.”
Mark’s colleague, Amao Bukola (an indigene of Kwara State) shared his ordeal by saying, “Our weapons were changed and we were only given Ak-47 riffles, but we eventually demanded weapons to fight Boko Haram. Following our demand, we were court-martialed in Abuja and sentenced to death on the 17th of December, 2014. We were eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison,”
The affected men urged the government to help them get back their jobs.