The Nigerian Army said it will today inaugurate a General Court Martial to determine the fate of another 13 soldiers who were accused of mutiny and desertion of duty in the course of the current fight against the Boko Haram sect.
The latest decision was coming in the wake of uproar that greeted the sentencing to death of the 12 soldiers over allegation of mutiny against the immediate past General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 7 Division of the Nigerian army, Maiduguri, Maj-Gen. Ahmedu Mohammed.
The Army, in an invitation letter, signed by Col. Timothy Antigha, for the Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR), the inauguration will take place at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja.
“In continuation of efforts by the Nigerian army to promptly dispose of cases pertaining to violation of the Armed Forces Act, disregard to service, discipline and other unprofessional conducts, particularly, in the course of the on-going military operations in the North-east, a General Court Martial to try offenders will be inaugurated,” Antigha said.
Speaking further, the DAPR, through Brig-Gen. Olajide Laleye, said the inaugural conference would put the issues in proper perspectives.
Earlier, a top military source warned against speculating on the numbers and status of the soldiers that were not court-martialled, advising that such information jeopardizes security plans.
“You see, in security matters, we must be cautious, circumspect and verify matters well before we put it out there. So I will advise you to wait and get the correct details during the inauguration and you will surely be invited,” the source said.