Minimah Promises To Restore Military Checkpoints, Set Up More Court-martial

Keneth Minimah

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah says he would restore military checkpoints, which President Muhammadu Buhari ordered dismantled a few weeks ago. He also promised to set up more General Court-Martial to try erring soldiers and check indiscipline among troops engaged in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram in the North-East.

Minimah disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja at an inter-denominational church service to mark the Nigerian Army Day celebration 2015 (NADECL).

“The army is taking all proactive measures to restore sanity and battle confidence to troops,” he said, adding that court-martial was set up to try those soldiers and officers who ran away during the operation.

He described as saboteurs, those who believed the war against Boko Haram was not to be fought and also those who believed in the war sentiment and showed cowardice.

“I must set up court-martial and if you are in my place and you did nothing you are not worth being a chief of army staff. I did that; I have no regret.

“I am setting up more court –martial to try people who ran, show cowardice, abandoned troops and equipment and ran away. Why are you in the army? Is that the army? That is not the army,” Minimah said.