- Some Army officers will be tried by special military courts over their attitude to work among other things
- According to heater Commander of the joint task force, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, military officers have code of conduct and will be liable for breaching their oats
- Meanwhile, the Amy said the military officers have the right to contest any decision t the court of appeal
The Nigerian Army’s Joint Task Force North-East operation, Hadin Kai, on Saturday inaugurated two court martials to try defaulting soldiers serving at the operation ground in the North-East.
The theater Commander of the joint task force, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, said the military personnel numbering 158 would be tried on matters relating “directly to the regimentation, discipline, efficiency and morale of the military.”
Musa said this while inaugurating the general and special court martials at the officers’ Mess of the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno State.
He said, “As we all know, courts martial trials are regimental and judicial exercises, the end of which may review, reduce or remove the rights and privileges of any convicted service personnel. To maintain the armed forces in a state of readiness, the military, as an institution, must be ready to enforce internal discipline effectively in accordance with the extent laws.”
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Musa added that the court martials were in line with the two set of laws guiding the command. He said the court was not only a jury for trial but also a court to speedily dispose of cases and award mete out punishments in the event of conviction of any personnel.
He said, “The military has its code of service discipline to meet its peculiar disciplinary needs. In this regard, emphasis shall be laid on statute laws and the traditional military regimentation with due adherence to the fair hearing requirements as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.”
According to the commander, the first court martial will be presided over by one Maj. Gen. Bainze Mohammed, while Lt. Col. Rotimi Bakare will be the judge advocate. The second one has Brig. Gen. Dominic Udofia as its president while Squadron Leader Audu Satomi will serve as the judge advocate.
Nigeria decomposing from within - Bishop Kukah tells Buhari
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has raised concerns about the refusal of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to release names of sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists.
The cleric while delivering a sermon at the Priestly Ordination of Five Deacons at the Holy Family Cathedral declared that the administration is not sincere in dealing with terrorists killing Nigerians.
Kukah on Sunday, October 3, wondered why it is difficult for the government to release names of those sponsoring terrorism.
US announces readiness to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism
In a related development, the United States said it is ready to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism in the country.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard made this known on Monday, August 30, during a meeting with journalists in Abuja. The envoy noted that the partnership is something they are very eager to do, adding that she has had at least three conversations in the last two months on the subject.
While noting that talks were ongoing on the matter, Leonard added that the US remains committed to supporting Nigeria in the fight against insecurity.