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Army To Court Martial 158 Soldiers For Alleged Misconduct

The Nigerian Army is set to court-martial a total of 158 soldiers for various offences bordering on alleged professional misconduct.

The Theatre Commander of the Joint Taskforce, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, made this known on Saturday in Maiduguri, Borno State.

While inaugurating the general and special court-martials at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Musa said the soldiers would be facing allegations bordering on regimentation, discipline, efficiency and morale of the military.

He stated that the Nigerian Army’s Joint Taskforce North-East Operation Hadin Kai has listed 28 officers and 130 soldiers to face trials for alleged professional misconduct.

Musa listed members of the panels are Maj. Gen. Bainze Mohammed, Brig. Gen Dominic Udofa, Squadron Leader Audu Satomi and Lt. Col. Rotimi Bakari.

He said the safety and well-being of Nigerians depended considerably on the willingness and readiness of members of the Armed Forces to defend the nation against threats to national security.

He added, “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 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.”

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