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Nigerian Army court martials 3 officers, 2 soldiers for alleged abduction and other offences

Nigerian Army court martials 3 officers, 2 soldiers for alleged abduction and other offences

The Nigerian Army has announced that three of its officers and two soldiers were sanctioned by the General Court Martial (GCM) sitting in Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri Borno state over some offences. understands that speaking while he delivered the judgement, the president of the Court Martial, Brigadier General Olusegun Adesina, stated that the offences were bordered on cowardice, negligence, abduction and discipline.

A statement by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the director of Army public relations, one of the accused, Captain Alhamdu Kwasau, was found guilty of offences of cowardly behaviour and negligence while carrying out his military duty.

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“He was reduced to the rank of a lieutenant with two years lost of seniority on the rank.

“Similarly, Captain Jimen Babangida and Lieutenant Sanusi Bello were also found guilty of conduct prejudice to service discipline.

“Captain Babangida bagged nine months forfeiture of seniority on the rank while Lieutenant Bello earned six months forfeiture of seniority on the rank of Lieutenant.

“In the offence of disobedience to standing order, Captain Babangida is to suffer additional nine months forfeiture of seniority on the rank of a Captain," he said in the statement.

The Nigerian Army also said in a three-count charge of civil offences bordering on abduction, attempt to commit offence of abduction and extortion against one Sergeant Aliyu Hassan and Lance Corporal Bello Nasiru, the two soldiers were awarded five years imprisonment to run concurrently.

They were also demoted to the ranks of Corporal and Private respectively.

The Amy spokesperson also stated that all the verdicts passed by the court are subject to confirmation by the appropriate superior authority.

He said that the court martial is to keep troops in check and ensure strict adherence to the code of conduct guiding counter insurgency operations in the north east while protecting human rights.

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“The proceedings of the General Court Martial were adjudged fair by both the defence and prosecuting counsel and monitored by members of the press,” the statement said. earlier reported that the Nigerian Army expressed readiness to collaborate with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on training, intelligence, radio communication and logistics support for its personnel.

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