Desertion: Army Resumes Court Martial Of 8 Officers

Mutiny-ArmySeven officers including a Brigadier General, two Colonels and four Lieutenant Colonels yesterday appeared before the Court Martial Board of the Nigerian Army in Lagos.

The army officers that appeared at the court martial are – Gen. J.O. Komolafe, Colonels I.B. Maina and I.A. Aboi, Lieutenant Colonels N.N. Orok, C.A. Magaji, A.O. Agwu and O.O. Obolo.

The aforementioned officers were among the initial 22 whose trial commenced in 2014 at the 9th Brigade, for alleged desertion and cowardice in the fight against Boko Haram sect.

They are also being tried for alleged negligence and complicity in the invasion of the 21 Artillery Brigade, Bama, by Boko Haram insurgents on September 2, 2014.

Also standing trial before the Court Martial is a soldier, whose identity could not be ascertained.

The trial of the officers, which started last year and away from the prying eyes of the press, has witnessed series of postponement, which was blamed on transfers and promotions of members of the Army Board.

It was reliably gathered that of the 22 officers who appeared before the Army Court Martial Board, the cases involving 14 of them had been decided.

The 14 officers, whose cases have been disposed of include Colonels A. Laguda, V. Ebhaleme, V.O. Ita, I.M Kabir, M.H. Abubakar, A. A. Egbejule, A.J.S. Gulani, A.M. Adetuyi; Major M.M Idris; Captains M. Adamu, O. A. Adenaike, M. Gidado, M.M. Clark and S. Raymond as well as a Second Lieutenant, S.O. Olowa.

Confirming the development, the spokesman for the 81 Division in Lagos, Col. Kingsley Samuel said: “The court martial resumed sitting on Monday, January 25, to continue hearing cases of seven officers and a soldier.

“This is against erroneous news reports that 19 officers of the Nigerian Army are facing trial at the court martial.

“The case was part-heard and now the court martial board has continued to hear the case. This is not a fresh court martial but a continuation of the former one”.


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