Nigerian Soldier Detained for Three Years Regains Freedom

Nigerian Soldier Detained for Three Years Regains Freedom

…By Babatunde Lucas for TDPel Media. Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini, a Nigerian soldier, has reportedly been released after being detained for a period of three years.

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The detention, allegedly ordered by the former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, had begun in June 2020.

Homecoming After Lengthy Army Detention

Following an extended period of detention in Sokoto State, Lance Corporal Idakpini has finally returned home.

Reports indicate that the new Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, ordered his release.

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The soldier expressed his gratitude and mentioned that efforts are being made to secure the release of other soldiers who were detained alongside him.

Soldier’s Account and Legal Proceedings

In a conversation with SaharaReporters, Lance Corporal Idakpini confirmed his release, stating that he was freed a few hours ago and is currently at home in his barracks in Sokoto.

He mentioned that he had attended around 12 to 13 court hearings, but the case was eventually ruled as statute-barred.

Idakpini’s arrest took place on June 23, 2020.

Background on Arrest and Viral Video

Lance Corporal Idakpini’s arrest occurred shortly after he made a video that went viral, criticizing Buratai for the Nigerian Army’s failures in combating and eradicating the Boko Haram terrorist group.

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Conclusion:

After three years of detention, Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini has been released.

The soldier, who had been ordered to be detained by the former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, was finally set free following the intervention of the new Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Taoreed Lagbaja.

Lance Corporal Idakpini expressed his appreciation and mentioned ongoing efforts to secure the release of other soldiers who were detained alongside him.

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