Nigerian Soldiers To Face Court Martial Over Infractions In Northeast

The soldiers participating in the country's military campaign against terror groups in the Northeast are facing trial for committing various infractions.

The Nigerian military counter insurgency command in the Northeast of the country, has  inaugurated a special court martial for 29 officers and soldiers, according to the operations commander.

The military court was inaugurated on Thursday, June 23, by the Commander of the Operation codenamed Hadin Kai, Major General Chris Musa.

The Commander says that the 29 soldiers are to be tried “in line with Section 131 (2) (d) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 LFN 2004.” 

The law provides the legal framework for regulating the different armed services in Nigeria. In 2019, the Defence Ministry received a revised version designed to  influence the composition and administration of the military justice system. 

According to him, the court would process the cases  leftover by the courts that were recently dissolved as well as some recently established cases — involving personnel — for professional misconduct.

He also stated that the last three court martials that were inaugurated on Oct. 9, 2021, tried 227 cases, out of which  “107 cases were recommended for summary trials, while 120 cases have been concluded.” 

“Some of the accused persons were convicted and awarded various punishments by provisions of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 LFN 04.” the Commander added. 

The details of the charges against the officers and soldiers have not been disclosed to the media. 

The Nigerian military is conducting a thirteenth year old campaign against Boko Haram and its faction, Islamic State West African Province(ISWAP).

The conflict has killed thousands and displaced over 2 million people across the northeast and Lake Chad.

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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