Nigerian Army is set to court-martial not less than 100 more soldiers for offences relating to the on-going combat against the Islamist Sect, Boko Haram.
Premium Times had reported that its sources had disclosed that about 118 soldiers have been conveyed from Borno State to face charges in Abuja, just about a week after 54 soldiers were sentenced to death for disobeying the last order to face the Islamist sect.
Sources stated that the convicted soldiers are not accused of mutiny like the 54 soldiers that were sentenced to death on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 as some of the soldiers are accused of relatively minor charges including loss or misplacement of rifles during operations against Boko Haram. It was reported that the soldiers fled from the invasion of Boko Haram into their base, leaving their arms and ammunition behind in Borno and Adamawa, an act that has been leveraged by the terrorists as their latter online videos shows their leaers brandishing arms that were seized from Nigerian Army.
These soldiers shall be the third set of soldiers to face the military council between September and December, 2014: On Friday September 12, 2014, 12 soldiers were sentenced to death by firing squad for shooing a vehicle that is conveying their commander, Major General Ahmed Mohammed.
54 soldiers were also sentenced to death by firing squad on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 for refusing to obey superior officers to take part in an operation aimed at dispossesing Boko Haram group from Delwa, Bulabulin and Damboa area in Borno State.
Nigeria Army spokesperson, Olajide Laleye, has however stated that he was not aware of the development.