Not less than 579 gallant soldiers of the Nigerian Army are currently facing General Court Martial sitting in Lagos and Abuja due to offences related to insubordination, acts of cowardice, refusal to carryout military duties, indiscipline, amongst others.
This disclosure was made known on Wednesday by the Nigerian Army, as they further revealed that the council is yet to either confirm or reverse the death sentence passed last year on 66 solders convicted for mutiny by a General Court Martial, GCM, which makes it difficult for the victims to appeal the verdict.
Speaking to pressmen, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Colonel Sani Usman, said, ” there are currently two separate court martial going on in the Army Headquarters Garrison and 81 Division Nigerian Army with a view to ensuring quick dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism.”
The army boss explained that 473 of the soldiers were facing the court Martial in Army Headquarters, AHQ Garrison, while 106 soldiers were standing trial in 81 Division, Lagos state.
However, Col Sani said, not all the court-martialled officers were guilty of mutiny but “unprecedented number of them were on trial.”