A TOTAL of 509 officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army are currently facing separate court martial for offences relating to conspiracy, disobedience to lawful orders, neglect and mutiny.
The Nigerian Army which disclosed this on Wednesday, May 20, claimed that none of the officers or soldiers had in any way received dehumanising treatment or denied access to medical facilities.
Sani Usman, a colonel and acting director, Army Public Relations, who disclosed this in Abuja, noted that 473 officers and soldiers were standing trial at the General Court Martial sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison Command in Abuja, while 106 officers and soldiers were facing another General Court Martial at 81 Division in Lagos.
Usman said that setting up of separate court martial was to ensure quick dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism. Besides, he said the rights of every accused soldier or officer to fair hearing would be upheld.
— Jun 1, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT