- Twenty-one soldiers are set to be prosecuted by a court-martial inaugurated by the Nigerian Army
- The soldiers are said to have committed various administrative and operational offences
- Also, the newly inaugurated court-martial will be headed by Brigadier General Abdullahi Ibrahim
The Nigerian Army has said it inaugurated a court-martial to try 21 of its soldiers for various offences they committed.
The theatre commander of Operations Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, while speaking in Maiduguri said the soldiers had committed various administrative and operational offences.
Daily Trust reports that the newly inaugurated court-martial will be headed by Brigadier General Abdullahi Ibrahim.
The court-martial will also be presided over at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri.
The theatre commander urging the president of the court martial to ensure fairness, equity and justice in discharging his duty, said, the military as an institution is known for maintenance of discipline.
Akinroluyo said: "This informs my decision to convey this general court martial under my command by the power conferred on me as a commander under section 131 sub-section 2 (d) of the Army Forces act cap (a) 20 laws of federation Nigeria 2004."
“I know there are 21 accused persons that are to go for this trial, the details are best known to the prosecution and defence counsels," Akinroluyo said.
He also said that while the court does not have any special interests to serve rather than the routine duty within the realm of regimentation, nobody has anything to fear as all proceedings will be carried out in accordance with detailed extant rules and regulations.
"The offenses are either operational or administrative in matters and the details are known to them; it is aimed to enhance discipline within the theatre. It is a court, so, I don’t influence it as soon as I inaugurate it, I explore them to work in equity, fairness and justice," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Army had court-martial 14 soldiers in Rivers state.
The soldiers court-martial began on Saturday, June 15, and was adjourned by its president, Brigadier General Bassey Etuk, Monday, June 24.
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