Martins Idakpini, a Lance Corporal arrested and detained for criticising Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has been granted bail.
Tope Akinyode, the soldier’s lawyer who confirmed the development, said a court martial sitting in Sokoto State ordered that Idakpini be released on bail.
“Court martial grants bail to Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini. The court sitting in Sokoto made the order today after I argued the bail application,” Akinyode said, in a statement issued on Thursday.
“Idakpini was arrested for criticising army authorities. He’s been detained for 7 months without access to his family.”
He had been arrested and detained in Abuja, after a video he made in June 2020, in which he accused Buratai of poorly managing the fight against insurgency emerged.
In July, a Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered the army to grant Idakpini access to his wife, lawyer and relatives.
The court had also prohibited the military from further violating the soldier’s fundamental human rights in any unlawful manner.