Nigerian Army to court-martial General, other top officers

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The gale of court-martialling sweeping through the Nigerian army as it struggles to rev up its war against Boko Haram extremists, seems to have reached the officers’ cadre as a brigadier-general and 14 other top officers are billed to face a military tribunal today, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

Senior military sources, who asked not to be named, told PREMIUM TIMES that the trial of the officers would be held at the Ikeja Military Cantonment, Lagos.

It is not clear what the officers are being charged for as they are yet to be formally arraigned but our sources say it might be related to negligence in the army’s campaign against the terrorist group Boko Haram in the North East of the country.

The court-martial of these top officers marks a shift from recent trials in the military that have primarily involved non-commissioned officers.

Last Wednesday, 54 soldiers from the 111 Special Forces battalion attached to the 7 division of the army were found guilty of mutiny and sentenced to death by firing squad.

The soldiers were accused of disobeying a direct order from their superior officers to take part in an operation to dislodge Boko haram fighters from Delwa, Bulabulin and Damboa in Borno State and recapture the towns from the terrorists.

The soldiers said they refused to take part in the operation because the army did not provide them with the required combat and support equipment need for such operations.

Also, in September, 12 soldiers were sentenced to death by firing squad for shooting at a car conveying their commanding officer, Maj-Gen. Ahmed Mohammed.

They were found guilty of inciting mutiny against the GOC at the army’s 7 Division, Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, on May 14.

They were also sentenced to life in jail for criminal conspiracy and attempt to commit murder.

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


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  • Rollingdollar

    As a youth I really wanted to join the Nigerian Army. I attended the NDA interview in Kadunna, however I was not successful. My dream of wanting to join the army was to defend the country, and lay down my life if need be to secure the safety of fellow citizens. I am saddened by reports of soldiers fleeing from battle, can they run-away soldiers not understand that if 1 soldier runs from battle, multiple civilians are killed. Those who critisize the army for court martialling errant soldiers should understand that military operations involve life or death, if a soldier sabotages an operation, I am sorry he should pay the maximum penalty, because other people will die from his actions. Thank you

    • Bin Fodio

      If you are a soldier and asked to go and fight an enemy without being adequately armed will you go? This is suicide. However it’s still not too late. I pray for you that you become successful next time.

      • Rollingdollar

        Thanks my dear. I am already successful. I studied Medicine instead and I am talking 1994. Now we keep hearing of soldiers having no weapon. It’s simply Not true. Boko haram has been advertising weapons seized from fleeing soldiers! Enough excuses every soldier must be prepared to fight or surrender the uniform. Thank you again.

      • joe

        What is ”adequately armed”?. How can a soldier jumped out of APC and the rag tagged boko haram will just take the armoured vehicle without a single soldier being killed. Nigerian soldiers were just donating APC vehicles to boko haram, and now that they are being cut marshaled, those in the field seems serious of the task ahead.

        • Denis_NG

          What has APC got to do with this? Name one person in APC that has been connected with Boko Haram or forever zip it. However, I can name at least three names that have been tied to Boko Haram and they are all in the PDP: Modu Sheriff, Ihejirika, Ayo Oritjafeso or whatever, and even Jona himself. So, stop bandying your lies about, nobody is buying it.

          • Nnaemeka Emma Chikezie

            Hahaha.Apc in dis context isnt d political party bt armoured personell.carriers.Dey are a type of military vehicle.

          • Lord1

            My brother wetin ? nor be APC (PARTY) na ARMOUR PERSONAL CARRIER (APC) Vehicle . It seems you are not following the news . I’m not in 9ja for now but I follow up.

          • friday

            Armored personnel. Carrier

  • emmanuel

    Saboteurs must die.

    The yeye people all joined because of the lure then when the military were in power and used to loot the treasury unchallenged. They never knew that the military was actually a life and death job.

    They should join the civilians who were killed because of their irresponsibilities in the grave.

  • osas

    It is fair enough. These soldiers have given the Nigerian Army a bad name. You can’t eat your cake and have it. In times of peace, they didn’t have problems with remuneration and training. In time of war, they should be prepared to fight and die to save the populace.
    Court martial of needed soldiers in a war situation is a difficult decision and I am sure these soldiers took their disobedience to the highest level and refusing entreaties.
    It is shame that that Boko haram without air support and tanks and with hurriedly trained youths are seizing territory from well trained soldiers.
    I hope Nigerians have not forgotten the oppression of unarmed Nigerians including rape and killing of students by the Army. Their leaders have hidden their sins enough, it’s time to pay for their current sins.

  • Gabriel Olasebikan

    “By far the biggest blunder committed by the AGF is his meddlesomeness in
    the affairs of Kogi State. I refuse to accept that the AGF has a
    personal interest and connection with the APC government of Kogi State
    as it is being touted. Malami propped up his party by asking the APC
    hierarchy to simply replace Abubakar Audu, with Yahaya Bello, who came
    second in their primaries. INEC followed suit and Bello became governor
    by fiat after inheriting Audu’s votes”.

    Zainab Suleiman Okino,are you aware that Bello’s mother is a relative of Aisha Buhari’s grand mother?Aisha Buhar’s grand mother is Igbirra.