Army Corporal, who criticised Buratai, feared dead

Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini, the detained soldier arrested for criticising Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, is alleged to have been killed by the army as punishment for his action, SaharaReporters writes.

The army twice denied Idakpini’s lawyer and family from seeing him in total disregard to a ruling by Justice AI Chikere of the Abuja Federal High Court.

SaharaReporters claims a sop source within the army had informed it that Buratai had vowed to deal ruthlessly with the detained soldier for his action, leading to fears that the army may have killed Idakpini, who has not been seen or heard from since he was arrested over a month ago.

Human rights activist and National President of Revolutionary Lawyers’ Forum, Mr Tope Akinyode, who is representing Idakpini, said that “Buratai’s action is a coup d’etat on the Nigerian constitution”.

He added, “Buratai is tearing the constitution apart and rendering useless the concept of the rule of law. He is about to become a dictator before our very eyes.”

Idakpini was arrested shortly after he made a video castigating Buratai over the army’s failure to combat and destroy Boko Haram.

He said at the time that he knew his action may lead to his death, but he felt duty-bound to speak up amid the botched war on terror.

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