Nigeria

11 soldiers face court marshal in Enugu

Major-General Emmanuel Kabuk, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 82 Division Nigerian Army, Enugu, has inaugurated an eight-man member General Court Marshal meant to instill discipline in the Division.

The General Court Marshal is currently prosecuting 11 soldiers for different offences ranging from insubordination, incompletion of task and general indiscipline.

Kabuk, while inaugurating the court on Monday at the Cantonment of the Division, said discipline was the cardinal point that decides the success or failure of any army.

“This General Court Marshal is meant to instill discipline among the soldiers and officers of the Division.

“Discipline is needed to achieve relentless professionalism, which is the target of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

“So, the inauguration today, goes in-line with COAS vision to reposition the Nigerian Army for effectiveness and responsiveness,” he said.

The GOC, however, assured the soldiers standing trial that the court would ensure fairness and fair hearing to them.

Kabuk added that court would ensure a fair justice for all, both to the accused, the system, which is the Nigerian Army, and the victims.

Responding, President of the General Court Marshal, Col. Edward Abore, assured that the eight-member court would abide by the Nigerian Army law and the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“I will assure the accused persons (soldiers) of justice in this court. So, I will implore the accused not to fear or panic as the court will be fair to all parties involved,” he said.

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