The Nigerian Army on Monday set up a court martial to try three soldiers serving in the special task force on Jos crisis for violating their rules of engagements.
The commander of the task force code named operation safe haven, Tagbo Ude, who inaugurated the court martial at 3 Armoured Division of the Nigeria Army, Rukuba, Plateau State, said the accused soldiers contravened several laws of the armed forces.
“The offences the accused persons are being tried ranges from manslaughter, offences related to public and service property, as well as conduct to prejudice of military discipline – all punishable under Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004”, Ude, a Major General said.
“It is a well-known fact that discipline is the bedrock of the Nigerian military, hence the powers conferred on me by Section 131 Armed Forces Act to convene this General Court Martial to try the said accused persons”.
The commandant explained that the court martial is the apparatus put in place by the Armed Forces of Nigeria to discipline erring personnel.
Mr. Ude assured the accused soldiers of fair hearing, saying, “I must state categorically that the accused persons are presumed innocent until proved guilty by this court”.
“Let me at this juncture assure all of us that justice will not only be done on this entire trial, but we will ensure that each accused person is given a fair trial”, he added.