Nigerian Army court-martials 158 personnel in Maiduguri

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

A total of 158 military personnel are to face a Court Martial for offenses bordering on alleged professional misconduct.

The personnel comprised 28 officers and 130 soldiers.

The military court was inaugurated on Saturday at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri by the Theatre Commander of the Joint Task Force “Operation Hadin Kai”, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa.

Members of the panel include Maj. Gen. Bainze Mohammed, Brig. Gen Dominic Udofa, Squadron Leader Audu Satomi, and Lt. Col. Rotimi Bakari.

However, Musa said that the safety and well-being of Nigerians depended considerably on the willingness and readiness of members of the Armed Forces to defend the nation against threats to national security.

Musa said that to maintain the Armed Forces in a state of readiness, the military must be ready to enforce internal discipline effectively, in accordance with extant laws.

He explained that court-martial trials are regimental and judicial exercises, which may be reviewed, reduced, or remove from the rights and privileges of any convicted service personnel.

He added that the court-martial was unique to the military, and its trials were backed by the Armed Forces Act.

Musa added that the court deals only with matters pertaining directly to regimentation, discipline, efficiency and morale of military personnel.

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