Court-martial of Nigerian Army General, Colonels begins Monday

The court martial of 22 top army officers including a Brigadier General is set to begin today (Monday) at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The lawyer representing some of the officers, Femi Falana, who was on his way to the venue of the trial at the time of filing this report, said the army authorities have not told him the charges preferred against the accused officers.

It is however believed the officers are being prosecuted for alleged offences committed during the on-going war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East of the Country.

The Officers include a Brigadier-General – J.O Komolafe; 14 Colonels – A. Laguda, V. Ebhaleme, V.O. Ita, and I.B. Maina, I. A Aboi, I.M Kabir, M.H. Abubakar, A. A. Egbejule, N. N. Orok, C. A. Magaji, A.O. Agwu, A.J.S. Gulani, O.O. Obolo and A.M. Adetuyi; one Major – M.M Idris; five Captains – M Adamu, O. A. Adenaike, M. Gidado, M.M. Clark and S. Raymond and one Second Lieutenant – S.O Olowa.

This is the first time senior army officers would be put on trial for offences related to the military’s campaign in the North East.

Those affected by a gale of court-martialling that swept through the Army since 2014, were mostly non-commissioned personnel, many of whom were either sacked or sentenced to death.

In December, 54 soldiers were sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny. The Army said the soldiers disobeyed a direct order from their superior officers to take part in an operation. The soldiers however said they only asked for support equipment before embarking on the operation.

Twelve other soldiers had been previously sentenced to death by firing squad for shooting at a car conveying their commanding officer, Ahmed Mohammed, a Major General.

The soldiers revolted after some of their colleagues were ambushed and killed by Boko Haram extremists, an attack they blamed on their superior officer.

Also in December 200 soldiers were sacked after an overnight trial. They had been held in detention for three months and denied communication to their families or legal representation.


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  • IAMNIGERIA

    God bless the NA!!

    • Augustine Adewumi

      SOME OF THIS OFFICERS I KNOW PERSONALLY WILL ALWAYS BE READY TO DISPLAY GALANTRY EFFORT IN THE FACE OF ALL ODDS.NOTBOKO HARAM CAN MAKE THEM SCARE.I GUESS SOMETHING IS WRONG SOMEWHERE.THE GENERAL AND COL N.N.OROK IS GOOD TO GO,INFACT THEY ARE REFER TO AS WAR PLANNER POPULAR NICK NAME.GOD HELP US.

      • IAMNIGERIA

        When the enemies are within….even the bravest of the brave becomes weak. Say No To Sharia in the North so BH can end!!

      • ije2014

        Please advice Dr MENDS Jaja talking nonsense in the comment above. The army have been suffering under PDP.

  • Dan Arewa

    Even though I have grudges against Nigerian military for the way they are handling NE BH issue, I also feel sorry for them. It looks like every soldier posted to NE has his death warrant with him. If he agrees and face Boko Haram he will die because he does not have what it takes in terms of weapons to face them. If he refuses to face them, he will then face military court which will eventually pass death sentence against him. I really pity the poor Nigerian army. May God deliver us from the BH and their sponsors both internationally and the ones in the Aso Villa.

    • IAMNIGERIA

      I think the problem they have in stopping BH is the existence of radical Muslims within the Army. These radicals rather kill the fellow soldiers than exposing and killing Boko Haramist fighting for Allah. Say no to Sharia!!!

      • Dan Arewa

        But facts on the ground contradicts what you just said. The radicals that does not want the Boko Haram to be eradicated are in the Aso Villa. Sherif if you can remember was exposed as being the sponsor of Boko Haram. If I did not forget Azubuike Ihejirika was also exposed by Stepeh Davies as being a financier and all are being protected by Mr. President. So if I may say, the radicals that kills the soldiers are not within the foot army but living under full protection in the Aso Villa.

  • Dr M.E.N.D.S. Jaja

    The Generals and Colonels who have refused to lead and have gone ahead to sabotage the efforts of the military and by extension the efforts of the continent Nigerian government to stem and totally extinguish the Islamic Jihadist, do not deserve to live. It is my sincere hope & desire that President Jonathan will once again, take the Bull by the horns as it were, and ensure that these so called Generals pay the maximum price (death) which many innocent Nigerians faced on the streets, markets, schools, parking lots, churches and mosques.

    How evil men can be!… In 1976, the Palestinian terrorist group hijacked an Israeli aircraft. A 30 yr old Colonel (Yonathan Netanyahu) led the assault at Entebbe. He sat in front, not at the rear. He was first to hit the ground and run towards the array of bullets from the terrorists and Ugandan forces, but the job had to be done. He was on a national assignment and the lives of the over 100 Jews in captivity were too precious for sentiments to find a space. That’s the mentality of a NATION….Every life is important, and none, I repeat, NONE is more important than the other.

    Yonathan was hit and died. But over 100 Jews were rescued as the team moved on. But in my Nigeria, some Generals knell down to weep & shed tears bcos they are afraid to of bullets or death at the expense of national security/pride. Others conspire with terrorists to kiil the people they ought to protect and the stuuuuupeeeeed politicians support them.

    Very soon, you will begin to hear the so called opposition APC taking about human rights as if the victims of terror weren’t entitled to right to life. These Generals/Colonels, if found guilty, should be killed without delay. Nonsense!

    • tundemash

      I thouht Dumbo said a few days ago that saboteurs should be re-posted. How come the court martial ? Could we assume that Dumbo was probbaly drunk, as usual delivering that address??

      Anyway I noticed that those names cut across tribal lines as against the notion by you e-rats that Hausa Fulani soldiers are the ones sabotaging the war on Boko Haram .

      • Clarification

        WEST
        1. Brigadier-General – J.O Komolafe
        2. Colonel – A. Laguda
        3. Colonel A.M. Adetuyi;
        4. Major M.M Idris
        5. Cap O. A. Adenaike
        6. Second Lieutenant – S.O Olowa
        7. Colonel A. A. Egbejule.
        8. Colonel A. Magaji,

        NORTH
        1. Colonel I.B. Maina
        2. Colonel A.J.S. Gulani
        3. Colonel I.M Kabir
        4. Colonel M.H. Abubakar
        5. Cap M Adamu

        SOUTH
        1. Colonel V. Ebhaleme
        2. Colonel O. Ita
        3. Colonel N. N. Orok
        4. Cap M.M. Clark
        5. Cap S. Raymond

        MIDDLE BELT
        1. Colonel A Aboi
        2. Colonel O.O. Obolo
        3. Cap a M. Gidado

        EAST
        1. A.O. Agwu

        With the bulk of the commanders from APC stronghold with affiliation to Boko haram, not much would be expected from the officers. Who knows? Some of these officers might have cried and begged Boko haram bcos we have seen such in this our funny country in past years.

        • tundemash

          So the West is now behind Boko Haram and no more the North ?????

          Whatever they give u at the amnesty camp is far too strong too strong for you !

          Guess what Cameroon army just freed 24 hostages while your Dumbo has been on binge drinking since 6 yrs now blaming anything in sight for his cluelessness. Better ask for help from Cameroon !!!

          • Observer

            Oh yes. The West is part of them and has always been. Tacitly and overtly, and this is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf. The reconnaissance carried out before the Jagi attack was carried out by a Yoruba speaking member as reported by news media, several have also been arrested and they are mostly from Kwara & Osun states. Even you, ur useless comments here confirms that you are a passive member.

            Guess what?…The opposition in France has just held a press conference and accused French President of lack of vision and weakness and its inability to prevent the terrorist attacks. They (The French opposition) have also promised that they will end terrorism in France in 2 months when they come to power. They have therefore asked French president to step down becos he is not doing enough to prevent killings. Agbaya!

          • tundemash

            clearly an unstable mind ! I have nothing but pity for you. I wishing nothing but goodluck in you getting the required treatment soon.

          • Concerned One

            Jeez! You just nailed the Nincompoop hard Brother. Good One.

        • johnson

          These your analysis is very wrong and you guys should not include the military in your politics.Pls.The Nigerian armed forces is the only national and detribalised institution in the Nigeria state.Pls stop it.

        • Truthometer

          Idiotic clarification. This is not different from the way Dumbo’s brain works. That is why nothing could be achieved in six years in any area. Thank God for giving you the opportunity to run this country; other Nigerians, including those that were jailed and bled to make it happened, knows you better now.

    • ije2014

      Speaking from the comfort of your armchair obviously. So they should go to fight with no equipment and nothing. Do you know that soldiers and army officers in Nigeria now have to buy their own uniforms and own equipment? Do you know the extent of corruption amongst the top brass? May someone mete out the same justice to you SE/SS parasite.

  • Progress

    If not for the candidacy of Buhari and the clean cut from the pervading rot in Nigeria, THE ARMY WOULD HAVE STRUCK AND CUT DOWN THIS GOVERNMENT and few will complain. If they rout the looters and install a civilian interim government, they will become INSTANT HEROES. Jonadaft should thank his stars for APC!

    • truth_be_told

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha………The days of threatening people with Military coup or military action are gone. Jonathan is a noble. He is from the South and not that your region where people never executed a coups or when caught planning one, begin to cry.

      The Military men shoot their guns with just 2 hands…and I suppose all men have 2 hands. I believe you got my message.

      You think we are in the 80s? Look at the map of Nigeria very very well and tell me how a coup can succeed in 2015. Keep dreaming. In any case, some of us are even praying for such disturbances so that we can achieve our irreversible objective of breaking away from this useless Nigeria.

      • Progress

        The person on whose head coconut is broke will not live to recount the experience not to talk of partaking in the feast. You are such an ignoramus to be so demeaning of the Yoruba nation. Haba! Is it the level of civilization, political education, courage and bravery professional achievement etc?

        WERE YOU ABLE TO STAND JUST THE OPC ONSLAUGHT when you dare raise arms in Itshekiris land, Ondo and Lagos riverine areas? I will rather resist the temptation to engage you in a tit-for-tat. The likes of Tam David West, Keyamo, Amaechi etc do not deserve opprobrium cos of the loose mouth of some of you.

  • Chris1408

    Where are GEJ unrepentant supporters who are constantly accusing the Hausa and Fulani of sabotaging the fight against Boko Haram. The names listed in the article are Nigerians from different tribes. The fight against Boko Haram is not about tribe or ethnic group, but rot at the top and widespread corruption at all levels of the military and GEJ administration.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Those trolls?They’re never faraway, my brotheThey’re only doing what they are paid to do…trolling

  • Inside APC

    TINUBU : My lordship, there is a problem. Pls come let’s talk.
    BUHARI : Yes! My obedient servant, what is the problem?
    TINUBU : My lordship, kindly tell me the truth. Did you pass your WAEC exams? I mean the certificate palavar
    BUHARI : Look my prend, be careful. Is that the problem?
    TINUBU : Yes my lord! Just tell me.
    BUHARI : But why?
    TINUBU : I want to be sure, so I can know how to plan & plot a defense in public.
    BUHARI : Ok! But switch up your mopile sets, I want to be shwar you’re not recording anything
    TINUBU : Ok my lord. I have switched off the sets. Have them, you my confirm by inspection
    BUHARI : Oh don’t bother. I know you are very loyal. Look Bola, there are 2 reasons I can’t produce that certificate
    . 1. I have FAIL score in my ENGLISH & MATHEMATICS & 2 other subjects. I only have two credit pass grades
    . 2. The certipicate has my real date of Birth on it. I am actually 79 and not 73 as I have claimed.
    TINUBU : Really?
    BUHARI : Yes! This is the problem fa!
    TINUBU : This is serious…very serious, but we’ve got to work out something before end of January
    BUHARI : I trust you boy, make it clean and leave no trace.
    TINUBU : As always my lordship!
    BUHARI : Walahi! You are a very loyal subject.

    • Truthometer

      Another clueless otuoke clown’s presentation. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    • tundemash

      yawn !!!

    • Maurice Asuquo

      Wonderfully & Beautifully made. Buhari has no choice. He must produce those certificates. It is a question of time.

  • Stomach Infrastructure

    Commander In Chief matters. We are getting the right one very soon. GMB all the way!

  • Sword of Damocles

    Dont know the particulars of this case. MY comment is related to the picture of the assembled soldiers that accompanies this article. I looked at the rifle that every soldier to a man is carrying. They appear to be a mach 4 rifle WWII vintage. They are not even equiped with kalasikov (AK47), which are the lower end of assault riffles today.We really need to equip our military adequately and also train them. It does not reflect well on Nigeria when our soldiers are carrying “shakabula” . Na wa o!!

    • _Proudly Niger Deltan

      Keep quiet for there make person hear word. Hoe many guns you don see or shoot since u enter this world? Then you come dey look pishure dey describe gun? No be your fault! Mach 4 indeed!

      • Sword of Damocles

        Hey Troll are you speaking to me? First wash that dirty tongue you used to lick GEJ’s yansh this morning, before speaking to me, OK?. Oloshi, brainless TWAT!!!!!!

  • johnson

    What baffles me is the pride Nigerians take in destroying their country.Is there nothing positive happening in Nigeria?.Please let us write with decency and decoron for once.

  • Williams Oluwole

    On To your marks, Get Set, GO! Nigerians now have to decide by force or otherwise what the future of their country shall be. There is no sweeter truth than this; What type of constitution, what type of government, what kind of future? If your brother wants Sharia in his home and you do not want it in yours my advice is that you both keep separate homes(Regions) or territory of abode. Religion is an important factor in political governments. The best government for Nigeria is regional self government and a confederacy at the federal level. A word is enough for the wise; Let every region keep their natural resources, let them have regional Police Forces and regional Customs or border checks; Continuing the status quo is a farce and an invitation to political anarchy.

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