The Nigerian army has explained that although it is reviewing all disciplinary actions recently taken against soldiers convicted by the General Court Martial, that does not mean the affected soldiers will be recalled to service.
Making the clarification known in a statement, the Spokesman of the Army, Col Sani Usman, disclosed that the review should not be construed as a recall of the soldiers, adding that the review became necessary following increased litigation and petitions coming from aggrieved officers.
The statement which was issued on Sunday read, “The attention of the Nigeria army has been drawn to a correspondence making the rounds in some media regarding an administrative procedure to review some recent disciplinary cases in the Nigeria army.
“For the avoidance of doubt it should be noted that the Nigerian army is reviewing all recent disciplinary cases due to the wave of litigation and petitions by some aggrieved personnel.
“The public should not misconstrue the recent directive to mean total recall of dismissed and deserter soldiers.”
It would be recalled that about 70 soldiers were convicted by two separate general court martial in Abuja last year.
The soldiers, who were stationed in Borno state, the hotbed of Boko Haram insurgents, are on death row having being convicted for insubordination and conspiracy to commit mutiny.