This report from Nigeria is less than pellucid, but it seems that the host of recent and pending courts-martial in Nigeria are to be re-examined. Excerpt:
Respite may have come for military officers and soldiers that have either been dismissed or standing trials before courts marshal for acts of insubordination, cowardice, mutiny and related offences, as the new Chief of Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai is believed to have started a process of reviewing all the cases.
This is coming on the heels of the constitution of a committee by Buratai to review all the cases involving some soldiers who had been convicted or still standing trial in the three General Military Courts Martial in Kaduna, Lagos and Abuja. He is also reported to have dissolved all the ongoing General Military Courts Martial in the country.
A Sunday Punch report says the officers and soldiers involved are expected to report at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, for the screening exercise.This effort may lead to the restoration to duty of soldiers needed for the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents.
We will be tracking this story as it unfolds. The case review is surprising since only a short time ago Army leaders were claiming the courts-martial had had a salutary effect on discipline, and promised to conduct more. Plainly, the wind has shifted.
A number of Nigerian soldiers are under death sentences. The article makes no mention of these cases. See the separate post concerning developments in these cases.