158 For Trial At Army Special Court Marshal

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By Olayemi Esan The Nigerian Army on Saturday has inaugurated a Special and General Court Marshal to trial officers and soldiers for various offences committed. SpyeTV exclusively reports that the Theatre Commander Operation Hadin Kai North East, Major General Christopher Musa inaugurated the Special and General Court Marshal at Maimalari Cantonment Officers Mess Maiduguri, Borno State Capital. The Theatre Commander elected the following personnel to oversea their Court: President Special Court Marshal is Brig. Gen Dominic Udofa, Judge Advocate is Squadron Leader Audu Satomi, President of General Court Marshal is Maj. Gen Bainze Mohammed, and Judge Advocate is Lt Col Rotimi Bakari. About 158 Accused Persons to Be Tried Which Comprised 28 Officers And 130 Soldiers In his inaugural speech, Maj. Gen Musa said the court martial trials and regimental and judicial exercise is to enforce discipline in the military the end of which may review, reduce or remove the rights and privileges of an convicted service personnel. He added that it is unique to the military and a tributary of criminal trialthat flows into the sea of Nigeria Criminal Justice System. "Therefore, conduct of military trials under the Armed Forces Act is to deal with matters that pertain directly to the regimentation, discipline, efficiency and morale of military personnel. " 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 law", he said. Theatre Commander noted that, it is imperrative to state that military compact with the state has placed officers and soldiers on a very high pedestal of responsibility than other citizens reason been that the military is an organization that is guided by two set of laws in the command. Musa added that the Court martial is not only viewed as a jury trial but also a court speedily to dispose cases and award punishment in the event of conviction. In this need, emphasis shall be laid on the statute laws and the traditional military of regimentation with due adherence to the fair hearing requirements as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended). The Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai therefore urged officers and soldiers to discharge their duties diligently without fear, Favour or affection. He also employ the Courts to discharge their duties while strictly guided by the need to do justice to the accused, justice to the victims of the alleged infractions and justice to the state whose laws are alleged to have been broken. There are three martial courts to be inaugurated, two were inaugurated today at the Maimalari cantonment Officers Mess while one will be inaugurated on Monday in Sector 2 Damaturu, Yobe State Capital.

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