Nigerian Army Court Martials 6 Soldiers Over Adultery, Stealing, Other Offences

Nigerian Army Court Martials 6 Soldiers Over Adultery, Stealing, Other Offences

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Oct. 15, 2014: In this file photo, soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country's northeastern Islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria. | AP

The Nigerian Army has court martialed six officers from various units of the 2 Division of the military, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The general officer commanding, 11 Mechanized Division, Major General Laz Ilo, disclosed this on Saturday, May 7, 2016 that the division will not tolerate any form of indiscipline among military officers.

Channels Television reports that the allegations against the accused military personnel include murder, manslaughter, stealing, negligence of performance of military duties, sexual relationship with spouse of military personnel, disgraceful conduct of indecent nature and scandalous conduct as an officer.

The accused military personnel comprised one on the rank of major, one captain, one lieutenant, one second lieutenant, one corporal and one private.

They allegedly committed the offences at various units under the 2 Division of Nigerian Army.

While inaugurating the 6-man panel, Major General Ilo stated unequivocally that no act of indiscipline would go unpunished under his watch.

He charged all to be above board and respect the rights of all in their conducts.

The GOC further explained that the human rights desk has been established at the division for members of the public to launch their complaints about erring military personnel, saying military justice is in consonance with the democratic order and that military law and administration of the law are based on due process.

Ilo stated that the inauguration of general court martial was in line with the vision of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles to the nation, adding that to accomplish the vision, there is need for absolute discipline.

The trial of the accused commenced immediately after the GOC inaugurated the General Court Martial.

The special court is presided over by Brig Gen Ibikunle Raji and comprised five other members including Col Jimoh Audu, Lt. Col Kenneth Emefiele, Lt. Col Aliyu Emekoma, Major James Mimiola and the judge advocate, Major Diepiriye Biambo.

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