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Just In: 158 soldiers to face court-martial in North-East



No fewer than 158 soldiers to be court-martialed for alleged insubordination and other related offenses in the North-east.

It was learnt the Nigerian Army’s Joint Taskforce North-East Operation Hadin Kai, on Saturday, inaugurated two court martials to try defaulting personnel serving at the operation ground in the North-East.

According to the Theatre Commander of the Joint Taskforce, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, the 158 soldiers would be tried on matters that pertain directly to the regimentation, discipline, efficiency and morale of the military.

Musa made the disclosure while inaugurating the general and special court-martials in Maiduguri, Borno State.

“To maintain the armed forces in a state of readiness, the military as an institution must be ready to enforce internal discipline effectively in accordance with the extant laws,” the Theatre Commander stated.

“The military has its code of service discipline to meet its peculiar disciplinary needs. In this regard, emphasis shall be laid on statute laws and the traditional military regimentation with due adherence to the fair hearing requirements as enshrined in the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended,” he noted.

The President of the General Court Martial, Maj Gen. Bainze Mohammed who declined on number, said there are 28 officers to be tried while the remaining 130 are soldiers serving in the various units of the operation ground.