(Terrorisms) 579 Soldiers Face Court Martial

Soldiers Face Court Martial

The Nigerian Army, on Wednesday, announced that no fewer than 579 of its officers are currently facing court martial before the General Court Martial sitting in Lagos and Abuja over various offences.

The army authorities, however, revealed that the Army Council was yet to either confirm or reverse the death sentence passed last year on 66 solders convicted for mutiny by a General Court Martial, GCM, which makes it difficult for the victims to appeal the verdict.

Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Colonel Sani Usman, said, ” there are currently two separate court martial going on in the Army Headquarters Garrison and 81 Division Nigerian Army with a view to ensuring quick dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism.”

The army boss explained that 473 of the soldiers were facing the court Martial in Army Headquarters, AHQ Garrison, while 106 soldiers were standing trial in 81 Division, Lagos state.

The soldiers were alleged to be facing trials over offences bothering on insubordination to disobedience, acts of cowardice, refusal to carryout military duties, indiscipline amongst others.

According to him, it was a common practice in the military that anyone, who runs foul of the law and the authorities felt that he could not be summarily dismissed, must go to the court martial.

However, Col Sani said, not all the court-martialled officers were guilty of mutiny but “unprecedented number of them were on trial.”

He said 481 personnel of the armed Forces Special Forces, which comprised personnel of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the police, have completed their training and inducted into the theatre of operations within 7 Division area of responsibility.

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