Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has written a letter to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, requesting the release of 74 persons still held captive in prison despite qualifying for amnesty being granted to some inmates due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In three separate letters sent to Aregbesola, Falana said most of them were soldiers who were convicted and had served more than 75 per cent of their time but remained in custody.
He said 66 of the soldiers are being held at the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, Apapa, Lagos while eight others were convicted for drug trafficking in Thailand.
About 12 of the soldiers were convicted on the same case while 54 others had a separate case.
He identified the 12 as – Yusuf Shuaibu, Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onuh, Igono Emmanuel, Stephen Clement, Andrew Ngbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Allan Linus, Ifeanyi Alukhagbe, Amadi Chukwudi and Alao Samuel.
The activist explained that they were brought before a general court-martial with six counts of committing mutiny, criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny, attempted murder, disobedience to particular orders, insubordinate behaviour contrary to and punishable under the law, and false accusation.
At the end of the trial, they were convicted and sentenced to death.