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Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, but a human rights lawyer is arguing the men were justified in not going on what would have been an ill-advised suicidal mission with little weapons.
The soldiers, all between the ages of 21 and 25, joined the army around 2012, according to defense attorney Femi Falana. He argues that the young men were deployed to fight the well-equipped group with little or no training, adding that money for salaries and weapons is often diverted by corrupt officers.
On Thursday, Falana said he would take all legal measures to prevent the death by firing squad verdict that was handed down Wednesday night.
“Instead of bringing such unpatriotic officers to book, the military authorities have engaged in the diversionary tactics of wasting the lives of innocent soldiers by sentencing them…
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