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Falana demands release of Army officer held over Baga raid by Boko Haram

A senior Nigerian lawyer, Femi Falana, has petitioned the Nigerian Army authorities demanding the release of Enitan Ransome-Kuti, the former Commander of the Multi National Joint Task Force, who was convicted by a military court martial and sentenced to six months imprisonment.
In a letter to the Chief of Army Staff, Mr. Falana said his client was still held in prison custody despite completing his jail term.
Mr. Ransome-Kuti, a Brigadier-General, was sentenced by a Special Court Martial on October 15, 2015, for alleged offences during the war against Boko Haram.
According to the army court martial, Mr. Ransome-Kuti was awarded the following punishments:
• The first count charge, which was “cowardly behaviour” was struck out but he was found guilty on count charge number two which was “failure to perform military duties” and was dismissed from the Nigerian Army.
• He was equally found guilty on count charge number 3 which was “miscellaneous offences relating to service property” and was awarded six months imprisonment.
Mr. Falana insisted his client was “unjustly convicted” by the court martial.

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