20 soldiers – of different ranks – of the Nigerian Army have been arraigned before a General Court Martial on Wednesday over charges ranging from human rights abuse, murder and the sale of firearms in counter-insurgency warfare in Borno state.
This disclosure was made today by the acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, who shortly after the inauguration of the court martial, said the offences were committed within the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole.
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Ezudwu, while inaugurating the court martial at the military media center in Maiduguri, warned the president of the court and its members against unnecessary adjournments, while seeing to it that justice is done.
He said: “The court martial is to achieve timely and quick dispensation of justice within the framework provided in relevant statute books.”
“It important that both the prosecution and the accused persons or their counsel are mindful of this fact and strive to shun all forms of antics such as request for frivolous adjournments, which could lead to delays in the trial process.
“It is often said in legal parlance that justice delayed is justice denied.”
The court, presided over by Brig.-Gen. Adeniyi, promised a fair and speedy trial.
His words: “I must assured all, especially the accused, that they have nothing to fear; we are going to be fair to all of them.
“Be guided by the Constitution and all other military laws. We would be fair and just. There are higher courts where the judgement here can be appealed.
“You have the right for legal representation.
“We are not going to allow for any unnecessary delay, justice delayed, they say, is justice denied.”