Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto

The Nigeria Army has commenced the prosecution of nine soldiers for committing various offences through a court martial sitting in Sokoto.

Inaugurating the court martial panel at the Giginya Army Barracks Sokoto, the acting General Officer Commanding, 8 Division, Brig. Gen. Aminu Bande, said, “The conduct of military trials is to deal with matters that pertain directly to the discipline, efficiency and morale of the military.

“Court martial trial is a regimental and judicial exercise that may review, reduce or remove the rights and privileges of any convicted service personnel. Hence, the need to convene a court martial to speedily dispose cases and dispense justice to offenders.”

The panel is headed by the, Brig. Gen. B.T. Bello, with defence counsel available for the accused personnel.

The panel after it inauguration adjourned the commencement of trial to February 19, 2020, where offences committed by the soldiers would be stated.

Copyright PUNCH.

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