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70 soldiers on trial over cowardice, indiscipline in Borno

Army inaugurates court-martial to prosecute 21 soldiers

Over 70 soldiers are being court martialed by the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC)  7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim, for cowardice, absconding from duty, indiscipline among others

Inaugurating  the Court Martial at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, yesterday, the GOC said “in pursuance of the powers  conferred on me as the acting GOC of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, under section 131(2) (d) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 LFN, I hereby inaugurate this 7 Division General Court Martial.

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“The military, world over is known for the maintenance of discipline and decorum while discharging their duties. Success in operations is better achieved when the ethics and traditions aimed at enhancing discipline are encouraged.

“In this regard, acts of cowardice, desertion, un soldierly behaviour and other forms of indiscipline have no place in the Army, more so, an Army executing war. It is against this background that I decided to convene a General Court Martial under my command’’, he said.

He called on the President and members of the court, as well as other stakeholders to remember that an enormous task has been placed on them and they should endeavour to discharge the task fairly.

Also speaking, the Judge Advocate of the court,  Captain Aminu Mairuwa  said “ this court is equivalent to a High Court and it’s judgement could be appealed at the Court of Appeal.”

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