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Baga: Army begins trial of Brig.Gen, others

The authorities of the Nigerian Army have concluded arrangement to inaugurate a General Military Court Martial to try some officers and soldiers who allegedly erred during the Boko Haram invasion of the Baga headquarters of the Multi National Joint Task Force.

Our correspondent gathered that the court scheduled to be inaugurated on Tuesday at the Mogadishu Cantonment would be led by Maj. Gen. E.O. Ekanem as President.

It was learnt that the Army authorities shifted the inauguration initially scheduled for March 28, 2015 to April 14, 2015.

The authorities were said to have postponed the inauguration because they had not got the right membership for the composition of the panel then.

The court is expected to prosecute a Brig. Gen. and 10 other officials comprising colonels, Lt. colonels and majors.

The authorities of the Nigerian Army have also inaugurated a Special Military Court Martial to try soldiers for certain offences committed during the ongoing counter-terrorism operation in the North-East.

It was learnt that 100 soldiers comprising warrant officers and mainly other ranks were facing prosecution for “offences bordering on military indiscipline.”

Investigations revealed that the Special Court Martial sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison, the Mogadishu Cantonment, is headed by Lt. Col. M.T. Mendie.

It was learnt that the court would sit for 48 hours after which judgment would be delivered on Friday.

The Special Court Martial is expected to listen to cases emanating from soldiers’ conduct, indiscipline and handling of equipment in Bama and Adamawa.

Although, the spokesman for the Army Headquarters Garrison, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, confirmed the inauguration of the court, he did not give any further details.

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