Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Nigerian court-martial gets bigger and bigger

According to the latest report, the Nigerian general court-martial currently being conducted in Jos now involves a total of 117 accused, including 92 enlisted personnel and 25 officers. The charges include a range of offenses:
[S]ome of the Lieutenants facing trial were not charged on combat related offences, but for examination malpractices. The others were charged for offences ranging from negligent performance of duty, miscellaneous offences relating to property and offences in relation to service property.
A source familiar with the court martial, who does not want his name in print, told Weekly Trust that some of the cases have been decided and the accused persons sentenced for up to two years in prison. He hinted that nine accused persons jointly tried for the attack on a military formation in Izzghe-nnore were each sentenced to two years in prison for negligent performance of duty.
On trial in Jos, are soldiers that were on ground in Chibok on the day of the abduction of over 200 school girls, the attack on Giwa Barracks, and the military withdrawal at Buni Yadi, among others.
Twelve soldiers are under death sentence and awaiting command and appellate review. 

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