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Court Grants Bail To Soldier Arrested For Criticizing COAS Tukur Buratai After Seven Months

 

A military court-martial sitting in Sokoto has granted bail to Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini who arrested and detained for criticising the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

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Afrohunt reports that this was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by Tope Akinyode, the soldier’s lawyer.

Akinyode said: “Court-martial grants bail to Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini. The court sitting in Sokoto made the order today after I argued the bail application.

“Idakpini was arrested for criticising army authorities. He’s been detained for 7 months without access to his family.”

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Mr Martin’s was arrested on June 20 after he released a video online condemning Buratai and President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged failure to provide adequate resources to soldiers combating Boko Haram.

He was detained in Abuja and denied access to a lawyer for a month, until a rights lawyer, Mr Akinyode, approached a Federal High Court, Abuja to file a rights violation lawsuit.

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On July 22, Justice A. I. Chikere granted Mr Martins access to his lawyer and relative. He said the Nigerian Army’s action is against the fundamental human rights of citizens.

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