Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Nigerian Army To Court Martial Soldiers Over Renewed Boko Haram Attacks

Pic: Nigeria Army on Parade

The Nigerian Army has said it has established a Special Court Martial in areas in the North-East, that has seen renewed attacks from the Boko Haram sect in recent times.

This is to try officers and soldiers found wanting in the course of the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, who said the court martial will try cases of indiscipline and other related offences.

“The recent unfortunate attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on communities close to Maiduguri, despite our successes calls for concern.

“To this end the Nigerian Army has already commenced investigation into the attacks. All those found wanting will be dealt with in accordance with the Armed Forces Act.

“A standing Special Court Martial in the North East has already been established by the Nigerian Army. All cases of indiscipline and related acts of misconduct including human rights abuse in the operations will be tried by the this Special Court Martial,” the Army said.

The Army, in the statement, also described as “unfortunate” reports that Operation Lafiya Dole, has been taken over by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

It said: “In recent days there were speculations in the media especially the online media, to the effect that Operation Lafiya Dole has been taken over by the Defence Headquarters and that soldiers are not happy about it.

“This is quite unfortunate and figment of imaginations of the respective media which was aimed at distracting the military, create rancour and disaffection among the components fighting Boko Haram terrorists.

“Consequently, it is important to reiterate that since inception of the operation there has always been a hierarchy of command and control as indeed in all military operations.

“The public and indeed Nigerians are hereby requested to disregard rumours and speculations on the alleged take over of the command and control of Operation Lafiya Dole and continue to support the fight against terrorism and insurgency.”

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