Six Nigerian soldiers have been secretly executed in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, after a hasty secret trial at which they were denied legal representation of their choice, a coalition of rights activists and scholars revealed.
The coalition said it was informed of the shocking development by Barr E. R. Okoroafor, an international human rights lawyer, who was allegedly denied the right to defend his client at the secret trial
The coalition said in the Executive Summary of an upcoming report, a copy of which was made available to a media platform, The Trent: We have received with rude shock and deepest dismay the Monday, 25th Jan 2021 secret execution of six Igbo Christian soldiers, attached to the Armory Department of the Nigerian Army, Abacha Barracks in Abuja.
The slain Igbo Christian soldiers; namely: Prince Ukwuoma, son of a traditional ruler; Ebube Isaiah, Amos Azubuike, Ekene Ebere, Moses Anyim and Godwin Uchendu were secretly executed under the instruction of now retired Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, a day before he left office on Tuesday, 26th Jan 2021.
This shocking news was disclosed to us by E. R. Okoroafor, an international human rights lawyer, who is very conversant with the matter and was also contacted by one of the slain soldiers through his family to defend them in the trumped up charges, executed using hazy and clandestine Military Court Martial.
According to the rights lawyer, sometime in September 2020, an allegation of missing weapons was made at the Abacha Barracks and it was immediately traced to a senior Colonel of Fulani- Hausa Muslim origin and instead of the COAS to issue a query and sanction the Colonel, he exonerated him on grounds which the source alleged were on religious and tribal considerations.