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More than 50 soldiers sentenced to death in Nigeria

In Nigeria, 54 soldiers were sentenced to death by firing squad after being accused of conspiring to commit mutiny and for refusing to deploy to towns seized by the Boko Haram extremist group.

Femi Falana, the lawyer for the soldiers, said that five others were acquitted. Troops say that they do not have as many guns as Boko Haram and are left on the battlefield without adequate ammunition or food, The Associated Press reports. In September, 12 soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny and the attempted murder of a commanding officer who ordered the soldiers to drive at night on a road often attacked by militants.