Despite Calls for Amnesty, Military Continues Trial of Personnel Over Boko Haram


Despite calls on the Nigerian Army to grant amnesty to officers, who had been convicted on Boko Haram related matters, against the present revelations on how billions of Naira meant to purchase arms to fight the insurgents were siphoned by politicians, the Court Martial Board of the Nigerian Army, has resumed with the trial of eight of its personnel.

Those facing trial this time, include Brigadier-General J.O Komolafe, Colonels I.B. Maina and I. A Aboi; Lieutenant Colonels NN Orok C. A. Magaji, A.O. Agwu and O.O. Obolo and a soldier with an undisclosed identity.

The trial is taking place at the 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos.

It was gathered that these personnel were among the former 22 officers who had been on trial for offences ranging from alleged desertion, to cowardice and alleged failure to fight the Boko Haram sect.

Their alleged offences also included negligence and complicity in the invasion of the 21 Artillery Brigade, Bama, by insurgents , September, 2015. The trial of the officers which started last year has witnessed series of postponement, attributed to transfers and promotions of members of the Army Board.

Sources said that of 22 officers brought before the Army Court Martial Board, 14 of them had their cases disposed off.

The 14 officers are Colonels A. Laguda, V. Ebhaleme, V.O. Ita, I.M Kabir, M.H. Abubakar, A. A. Egbejule, A.J.S. Gulani and A.M. Adetuyi.

Major M.M Idris; Captains M Adamu, O. A. Adenaike, M. Gidado, M.M. Clark and S. Raymond and one Second Lieutenant S.O Olowa, made up the number.


Author: News Editor

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