Nigerian Soldier Detained For Criticizing Buratai Has Been Granted Bail After 7 months

Martins Idakpini,Tukur Buratai

After 7 months in detention, Lance corporal Martins Idakpini who was arrested for criticising chief of army staff Tukur Buratai, has been released.

The soldier was arrested and detained in Abuja after a video which was made in June 2020 went viral. In the video, he accused Buratai of poorly managing the fight against insurgency.

Idakpini’s lawyer, Tope Akinyode said a court martial sitting in Sokoto ordered his release on bail.  Akinyode said in a statement issued on Thursday January 14.

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“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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